Fire of London Disputes Act 1666

An Act for erecting a Judicature for Determination of Differences touching Houses burned or demolished by reason of the late Fire which happened in London

Whereas the greatest part of the Houses in the City of London and some in the Suburbs thereof have been burnt by the dreadful and dismal Fire which happened in September last, Many of the Tenants, Under-tenants or late Occupiers whereof are liable unto Suites and Actions to compel them to repair and rebuild the same, and to pay their Rents as if the same had not been burned and are not releiveable therein in any ordinary course of Law, and great Differences are likely to arise concerning the said Repairs, and new Building of the said Houses, and payment of Rents, which, if they should not be determined with all speed, and without charge, would much obstruct the rebuilding of the said City. And for that it is just that every one concerned should bear a proportional share of the loss, according to their several Interests, wherein in respect of the multitude of cases varying in their circumstances no certain general rule can be prescribed. Be it therefore enacted by the Kings most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authoritie of the same

Fire of London Disputes Act 1666