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    Mesne Rent

    Does anyone know the law on Mesne Rent. My recollection is double rent can be charged - grateful if anyone is able to quote the law on this.

    Many thanks

    Mesne Profit is a common law principle that applies when someone prevents someone from earning money from property (typically land) that they own.

    It's not rent (which is important here, because rent implies a tenancy and can create one).
    In this case, it's compensation for rent that someone could have received were it not for someone denying access to property.

    The level of mesne profit for a tenant who holds over having given notice is set to double the rate of the rent they were paying by s18 of the Distress for Rent Act 1737.
    When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
    Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).


      Distress for Rent Act of 1737. See: Distress for Rent Act 1737 (

      My understanding is that its not rent and mustn't be confused with rent. Its a daily occupation charge billed retrospectively and the above Act allows for a sum which is twice the previous rent. I'm not sure whether anyone has ever got this though? Anyone?


        Thanks. My thoughts are to serve a letter stating the Act and hope it inspires them to vacate my house.


          Pointers on law here from the experts

          I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...


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