Section II – Judges general power as to ordering surrenders, increasing or diminishing charges on estates, new leases, &c

Fire of London Disputes Act 1666

 

And be it further enacted by the Authority aforesaid: That the said Justices and Barons or any three or more of them as aforesaid shall have Authority and are hereby impowered where they shall think it convenient to order the surrendering; increasing, abridging, ceasing, determining or charging of any Estates in the Premises, or to order new or longer Leases or Estates not exceeding Forty years, to be made of any of the premises by the Proprietors or Owners thereof, or other persons interested therein, to any Tenant or Sub-Tenant, or late Occupiers of the same their Executors, Administrators, Successors or Assigns, at such Rents and Fines, or without any Rent or Fine, as they shall think fit unless in such Cases where the Laws of this Realm do forbid the Diminishing of ancient and accustomable Rents, All which Orders according to the Tenors thereof shall be obeyed by all persons concerned therein respectively, and shall conclude and bind them, their Heirs, Successors, Executors, Administrators and Assignes respectively, notwithstanding any Disability in respect of Coverture, Infancy, Non-Sanity of Memory, Estate Tail, or in Right of the Church, or otherwise, And that Infants, Femes, Covert Idiots, Persons of Non-Sane Memory, or beyond the Seas, Tenants in Tail, Bishops, Deans and Chapters, and other Ecclesiastical persons and their Successors, Corporations and all other person or persons Bodies Natural and Politick, their Heirs and Successors, and their respective Interests shall be bound and concluded by such respective Order or Orders, according to the Tenor or Purport thereof, Any Law Statute or Custom or other matter or thing to the contrary notwithstanding.

Fire of London Disputes Act 1666