1. Understand and evaluate the concepts of ownership, possession and title in property law and the differences between legal and equitable rights in property
Module Title: Property Law
Module Code: 282CLS
This assignment is designed to assess learning outcomes:
1. Understand and evaluate the concepts of ownership, possession and title in property law and the differences between legal and equitable rights in property;
2. Demonstrate, by analysing, reformatting and evaluating information , an understanding of the principles underlying property law with specific reference to land law;
4. Using a range of specialist skills, demonstrate an ability to evaluate and apply the principles of land law to various hypothetical scenarios;
5. Analyse and evaluate proposals for reform (where applicable).
This assignment is an individual assignment. This assignment has TWO questions. Each question is worth 50% of the total mark. This assignment requires you to answer BOTH of the following questions:
1. ‘A complete and accurate register of title of land is a foolish endeavour due to the continuing recognition of overriding interests.’ Discuss the statement by reference to the relevant legislation. In support of your answer, you must discuss TWO of the decided cases concerning overriding interests.
2. Joyce is the freehold owner of ‘Ivy Cottage’ and decides in the summer of 2019 to rent out this small property in order to bring in some much needed income. In September 2019, Joyce rented ‘Ivy Cottage’ to Carlos and Faye, two local university students. Carlos and Faye are an unmarried couple and this is first time that they will be living together. Joyce insists that they sign separate agreements, which they do. Each document is labelled as a ‘Licence Contract’ and includes an express term that the document is not to be viewed as a lease. The stated licence fee for the property is £400 per month. On the advice of her son, Joyce has included a clause specifying that she is entitled to rent the property to another occupier if any of the students leave before the end of the University year. The document also states that Joyce is within her rights as the owner to move in to the property whenever she chooses. Moreover, Joyce expressly reserves the right to enter the property at any time to check the meter readings. Joyce has also retained a set of keys to the property. Recently, a local resident, Mrs Bucket, sent several letters of complaint to Joyce and the local council about the increase in the number of late parties that have been taking place at Ivy Cottage which is tarnishing the image of the neighborhood. Joyce is upset and embarrassed by the situation and demands that Carlos and Faye move out immediately. Faye and Carlos have a huge argument about the situation which ultimately ends with Faye ending their relationship. Faye packs her bags and leaves the property the following day. Carlos telephones Joyce and tells her that Faye’s leaving is all her fault and that he has no intention of leaving the property.
Advise Carlos as to the legal nature of the document that he signed.
Criteria for Assessment When marking the coursework, particular regard will be given to the following:
Identification of relevant issues;
Selection of relevant material;
Knowledge of relevant subject;
Evidence of broader research;
Evidence of understanding;
You should include a bibliography. You should use footnotes. You should use the Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA) referencing style. The LibGuide for Law includes a referencing guide for OSCOLA: https://libguides.coventry.ac.uk/oscola The pass mark is 40%. Word Count The word count is 1750. There will be a penalty of a deduction of 10% of the mark (after internal moderation) for work exceeding the word limit by 10% or more. The word limit includes quotations and citations, but excludes the references list.
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