Property Law

Property is one of the most complex areas of law. Some of it is rooted in ancient laws – but case law is constantly changing. The stakes are high, but research time is in short supply. LexisPSL Property brings all of the different sources you need together so you can find the answers you need, fast.

Our succinct practice notes are designed to be read in six minutes or less. They’re full of practical hints and tips from practising property lawyers (who understand what you need to know and do, because they’ve been in your position before). With direct links for deeper research, you can dive straight in to the relevant cases and consolidated legislation (including Butterworths Property Law Handbook, Ross Commercial Leases, Hillman and Redman’s Law of Landlord and Tenant and everything in Lexis®Library). Regular news reports let you stay on top of what’s happening in the law and the industry.

LexisPSL Property does more than explain the legal principles behind the issues. It shows you how to apply the law in real life. So whatever the issue, you can get a firm grasp on it in minutes (even when you’re outside your comfort zone).
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notice of [assignment OR transfer]To: [insert name of landlord][of [insert address] OR whose registered office is at [insert address] Company number...
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19th May
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Agreements for sale of commercial propertyThe Standard Commercial Property Conditions (First Edition) were published in May 1999. At that stage it had...
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19th May
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Effect of appointmentA fixed charge receiver is appointed under a legal charge or mortgage and only has power to deal with and dispose of the charged...
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19th May
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What is a rent deposit?A rent deposit is a sum of money that is deposited by a tenant when it takes a lease of premises as security against the...
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19th May
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Severance is the process by which a joint tenancy is converted into a tenancy in common. It is a matter of evidence whether severance has...
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19th May
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A covenant is a form of contract. Under the doctrine of privity of contract the rights and liabilities created by a contract will bind the parties to...
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19th May
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This Deed is made on [insert date]PARTIES1[insert name of the owner of the Servient Land] [ of [insert address] OR incorporated in England and Wales...
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19th May
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Vitiation of an insurance policyAn insurance policy may be vitiated (or invalidated) if the insured:•misrepresents or fails to disclose any material...
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19th May
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What is a letter of non-crystallisation?A letter of non-crystallisation is required by a buyer’s/lender’s solicitor to confirm that:•a floating charge...
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19th May
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Apportioning service charge—the standard conditionsIn sales of investment properties where there are often many occupational tenancies with rental,...
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19th May
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In Scotland, at common law, a lease does not actually end on the specified expiry date (ish) unless:•either party gives correct and timeous...
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Produced in partnership with Kenneth S Gerber of Mitchells Roberton 19th May
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Registrable restrictive covenantsRestrictive covenants imposed on unregistered land are registrable as D(ii) land charges unless:•entered into before...
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19th May
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No suspension impliedA suspension of rent is not implied even where the tenant pays the cost of insurance. The tenant remains liable for the rent even...
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19th May
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The Building Societies Association (BSA) is a trade association which represents mutual lenders and deposit takers in the UK including all 45 UK...
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19th May
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What is a pre-emption?A pre-emption is a type of option to purchase—historically the most common and arguably the least complex (at least in the form...
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Produced in partnership with Stuart King of Blackadders and Melanie Ballantyne of Blackadders 19th May

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When transferring properties which have waived the exemption to tax which make up a property investment business of a deceased to beneficiaries for no...
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13th Jul
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Control of asbestos—penaltiesPenaltiesThe Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, SI 2012/632 (‘CAR’) were made under Health and Safety at Work etc. Act...
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Produced in partnership with Lee Hughes of Lincoln House Chambers 13th Jul
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Control of asbestos—duty to manageThe Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR 2012) place various duties on employers to protect employees from...
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13th Jul
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Control of asbestos—asbestos surveysLegal requirementsThere is a legal presumption that any non-domestic buildings (and the common parts of domestic...
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13th Jul
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Trustees—retirement of trusteesIn principle, the office of the trustee is lifelong. Nevertheless, a trustee may retire in a number of ways:•by the...
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13th Jul
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Trustees—trustees investment powersGeneral lawThe original trust fundFor a trust to be effective it needs property to be subject to the trusts. When a...
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13th Jul
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Trustees—self-dealing, unauthorised profits and conflicts of interestThe self-dealing ruleThe self-dealing rule is connected to, but distinct from,...
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13th Jul
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Trustees—power of advancementWhere a beneficiary either:•is a minor (ie under the age of 18) and unmarried or•has attained majority or has married...
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13th Jul
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Trustees—removal of trusteesA trustee may be removed against their will in any of the following ways:•under an express power in the trust...
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13th Jul
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Trustees—appointment of trusteesOriginal trusteesTrustees will usually be appointed by the instrument that brings the trust into existence. The trust...
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13th Jul
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Trustees—statutory powers of trusteesSource and availabilitySourcesTrustees have certain powers conferred on them by statute, in particular by the...
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13th Jul
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Trustees—dutiesNature of dutiesThe difference between a duty and a power is:•the performance of a duty is obligatory•powers are to a greater or lesser...
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13th Jul
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Trustees—trustees' power to lendGeneral investment powerThe powers possessed by trustees to administer a trust effectively emanate from statute,...
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13th Jul
Q&As
Is it possible for a landowner to grant a lease of an easement for a term of years with payments of periodic rent? If so, do you have a precedent for...
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Produced in partnership with Chris Bryden of 4 King’s Bench Walk 13th Jul
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Break clauses—a practical lease negotiation guideBreak clauses—commercial importanceLandlords may concede a break right for a tenant in order to agree...
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13th Jul
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Property key future developments trackerOnce a development occurs, it is then moved to the relevant archive:•Property key future developments...
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13th Jul
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Yielding up and vacant possessionWhether a tenant has yielded up, with or without vacant possession, is a question of fact and degree. Most modern...
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13th Jul

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