Can a tenant who covenanted to a lease with a landlord demand a renewal of the lease on behalf of the landlord?

Ontario, Canada


The following excerpt is from Canadian Pacific Ry. Co. v. Brown Milling Co., 1909 CanLII 11 (ON CA):

A point not dissimilar is dealt with in the case of Finch v. Underwood (1876), 2 Ch. D. 310, where it is held that a covenant to renew, being made to two, one cannot insist upon it in favour of himself alone. “But, under the covenant to renew, the tenant can only ask for such a lease as the landlord covenanted to grant, namely, a lease to both tenants:” per Mellish, L.J., at p. 316.

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