Property Law

Course NameProperty Law
Course CodeLEG251
DescriptionThis course is concerned with the fundamental concepts that underpin UK land ownership and the law that governs the creation, protection and transfer of interests in land. Specifically, this course will explore: (a) General principles. The concept of land. Doctrine of tenures and estates. Freehold and leasehold estates. Legal and equitable rights. Principles of the 1925 legislation. (b) Transfer of land, with reference to the conveyance of registered and unregistered titles in land. Formalities and proprietary estoppel. Doctrine of notice. Land Charges Act 1972. Law of Property Act 1925. Land Registration Acts 1925 and 2002. Concept of overreaching. (c) Ownership of land. Trusts of land under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996. Co-ownership of land. (d) Landlord and tenant. The term of years absolute. Its nature, creation, assignment and forfeiture. Enforceability of leasehold covenants. The lease/licence distinction. (e) Licences. Bare licences Contractual licences, their revocability and enforceability against third parties. Estoppel licences and their enforceability against third parties. (f) Easements. Characteristics, extinguishment and extent. Creation of express and implied easements but excluding easements arising by prescription. (g) Non-leasehold covenants of land. The common law and equitable rules relating to the running of the burden and benefit of covenants between neighbouring estate holders. (h) Mortgages and charges, with particular reference to land. Nature and creation. Position and rights of the mortgagor.
Learning OutcomesUpon completion of this course, students should be able to discuss:
– Registered land;
– Unregistered land;
– Co-Ownership;
– Successive Interests in Land and Strict Settlement.
SchoolJohn H. Carey II School of Law
Number of credits (US / ECTS)3 US / 6 ECTS