Does rumoured 'Corbyn Clause' have precedent?

10th April 2018
An 8th February article that featured on Property Week Metropolis speculated over an unusual rumour concerning a “Corbyn Clause”.

The clause, an alleged caveat or ‘Corbyn Clause’ purportedly attached to offers made by an international business searching for approximately 40,000 sq ft of office space in London. Named thus as the tenant would require a guaranteed rent reduction should Jeremy Corbyn obtain the keys to 10 Downing Street!

Metropolis sought to establish more information surrounding the story and the article goes on to read as follows..

"So we rang excitedly round the offices of London’s leading agents to ask senior players if this ‘Corbyn Clause’ was gaining any momentum – Momentum? Geddit?

John Slade, the former BNP Paribas Real Estate man now at Evans Randall, said he’s never heard of it and that it was “extremely unlikely a vendor would agree to it”.

Colliers’ UK chief Tony Horrell was also none the wiser. “Not heard of that yet,” he insisted. So it’s clearly not a thing. Or is it?

John Forrester, global, world and international president of the universe at Cushman & Wakefield, suggested that nothing is impossible. While he insisted it was unlikely, he added that there’s “always a first time”.


Weeks passed until Metropolis communicated with our chairman Neil King who recalled a similar set of circumstances prior to the election in 1987.. In the follow up article Mr King relayed to Metropolis that he did indeed encounter a similar position whilst instructed to sell 2 Hyde Park Street, an apartment development overlooking Hyde Park by Rosehaugh Copartnership.

Mr King recalled that Mountleigh Estates made an offer for the development that was conditional upon Margaret Thatcher winning the 11th June election against Neil Kinnock.

“The night of the election I watched the results until 5am and then staggered to bed,” says King. “The next day, Friday 12th June contracts were exchanged at 10am with completion shortly after.”

There are local elections imminent, are there parallels and other precedents from 1987 in play.....?
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