1. Introduction to Land Law

Land Law focuses upon the uses and supply of land. It looks to facilitate how an owner of land may use it or moderate how others do so; this relationship can develop into ‘interests’ in the land. This module will examine the different interests that a person may have in land and how the law seeks to resolve conflicts through statute, common law and equity.

Land law impacts upon many facets of our day-to-day living, it determines: the difference between what is property and what is land; who owns property in the land; who may have access to land; your rights to land as a tenant, and; what you can do with your land. Land law is unusual in that you can own it outright but still be limited in how you can use it. There are many reasons for this such as agreements reached by a previous owner or because you failed to notice how the land was used when you purchased it. As such, land law is heavily governed by how your neighbours interact with land and what you could have been expected to know.

Ultimately, land law is looking to determine what interests there are in the land and therefore what a person can do with the land. These interests can be impacted depending on whether the land is registered or not registered. Beyond owning an interest in the land, less obvious interests can also come in the following forms:

  • Minor and Overriding interests
  • Equitable interests
  • Covenants
  • Leases & Licenses

This module is also looking to establish how these different interests interact.

Table of Contents

  1. Land Law Basics
  2. Unregistered Land
  3. Registered Land
  4. Trusts of Land
  5. Co-Ownership
  6. Easements & Profits
  7. Covenants
  8. Leases & Licences
  9. Mortgages