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Land Law ConcentrateLaw Revision and Study Guide

Land Law Concentrate: Law Revision and Study Guide (7th edn)

Victoria Sayles
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date: 23 September 2023

p. 605. The freehold estatelocked

p. 605. The freehold estatelocked

  • Victoria SaylesVictoria SaylesVisiting Lecturer, BPP and University of Law


Each Concentrate revision guide is packed with essential information, key cases, revision tips, exam Q&As, and more. Concentrates show you what to expect in a law exam, what examiners are looking for, and how to achieve extra marks. This chapter discusses the freehold estate. The freehold estate is the larger of the two estates in land that has legal capacity and a person who holds a freehold estate over land is tantamount to being the owner of that land. The legal freehold estate is technically known as the fee simple absolute in possession and the characteristics of a legal freehold estate can be found from interpreting this technical definition. A contract for the transfer of a freehold estate must meet the requirements under s 2 Law of Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1989. A valid and specifically enforceable contract for the transfer of a freehold estate will give the purchaser an equitable interest in the land to be purchased, known as an estate contract.

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