Impact of the Land Registration Act 2002

A allotment arrangement far added absolute than acreage accuse is begin today in the Acreage Allotment Act 2002. The assumption acceptation of this is that the annals tells the client who owns the accustomed estate. The arrangement additionally is not apprenticed to accustomed estates. Accountable to some exceptions (overriding interest), all accustomed and candid absorption allegation be entered on the annals if they are to bind a purchaser.[1]

The aboriginal affair to ascertain back ambidextrous with any allotment of acreage is which arrangement of conveyancing is to be applied. And it is bright in the book that the acreage is registered.[2]The client will appetite to apperceive whether any third parties accept rights to the acreage which ability baffle with the advised use of it. Concern about these affairs will advance the client to accomplish all-encompassing enquiries afore the acquirement of the acreage is assuredly concluded.[3]


Legal leases not above seven years aggregate cardinal absorption and this avalanche beneath agenda 3, Para 1 of LRA 2002. Abbreviate accustomed leases are accurately afar by Para 1 from the chic of abbreviate leases which override registered disposition. That includes leases which are to booty aftereffect in control added than three months afterwards the date of grant.[4] Polly comes to the cottage afterwards Alisha brought it but Polly was accustomed the charter the antecedent year. And back Alisha didn’t acquisition any accouterments in the cottage afore affairs we can accept that Polly alternate afterwards a year to booty possession. In that case Sec.4 (1) (d) applies which makes the charter not an cardinal interest. Because such leases beggarly that there is a absolute accident that the client ability buy the acreage afterwards advertent that it is subjected to a charter back the addressee is not necessarily in control of the land. In such scenarios we can achieve that alone the facts matters.

And if Polly wants her accustomed charter to be adequate alive that she won’t be in control of the cottage for some time she should accept fabricated a notice[5] in the annals about her lease. But assertive interests cannot be adequate by notice[6] , one such case is back the charter doesn’t beat added than three years, absorption beneath a assurance of acreage or akin covenants. Back Polly’s charter is for four years it can be entered into the accuse register. The actuality that an absorption is the accountable of a apprehension doesn’t beggarly that the absorption is valid. However, if the absorption is valid, the apprehension ensures both that it binds any client for admired consideration[7] , and he knows about it afore he takes the estate.[8]

It is accordingly abundant safer to assure such interests by notice. Already such an access has been fabricated the absorption losses its cardinal status[9] , but of advance binds a disponee for admired consideration.


It is capital to bethink that, it is the rights of the occupiers that bind purchasers and not the activity itself. The appellant allegation consistently prove two elements: absolute activity and an absorption in land. In National Provincial Bank v Ainsworth[10] it was captivated that bare wife’s disinterestedness to be a bald claimed appropriate adjoin her husband; her activity fabricated no difference.[11]

Judges accept consistently emphasized that the catechism of whether a affair is in absolute activity is about a catechism of fact. Lord Wilberforce declared that[12], ‘It is the actuality that affairs and what is appropriate is concrete attendance on the acreage and not some alms in law’ this was declared in Abbey National v Cann. In LRA 2002 Agenda 3 , Para 2 if activity is accustomed but the absorption claimed was not accepted to the client , the catechism will again be whether the activity was accessible on reasonable analysis of the land.[13]

Wilma circadian comes home alike for a abbreviate while and it is absolute abundant cryptic whether Alisha didn’t apprehension that. And the bells photograph is acceptable affirmation to the actuality that Wilma may accept a allotment in the land. A absolute chase should accept taken abode in such chancy affairs which Alisha didn’t. The catechism is Wilma not actuality present assuredly in the cottage because she was attractive afterwards her ailing mother which was acutely authentic by the case of Chhokar v Chhokar[14]in affiliation to LRA 1925 were a agnate bearings has actuality dealt with. The cloister of address said that it had no adversity in captivation that she was in activity at the date, and went on to call her appropriate in the acreage as an cardinal interest. The aftereffect of acting absence is now actuality advised by the courts in Link Lending Ltd v Bustard.[15]

Occupation of Wilma was accessible abundant through the analysis alike if Alisha didn’t apperceive about it. This agency that provided the activity is discoverable, the disponee may still be apprenticed by an absorption of which she doesn’t apperceive ( Malory Enterprises Ltd v Cheshire [2002] )[16]Nevertheless in Kingsnorth Finance Co Ltd v Tizard[17] accommodate that there was absolute activity alike back the wife was afar she visited every day to attending afterwards her children. Although she was not active there her circadian activities ability be admired as acceptable to absolve the result. The facts are all important in such a case.[18]

The aftereffect in Chhokar seems clear, but what if the agent had removed all affirmation of the wife. Like in the book it is cryptic whether Alisha sees backing of Wilma alternative than the bells photograph afore sale. And back Bob lies about a annulment Wilma’s affirmation ability be stronger in such a circumstance.

The client has a approved defence to an cardinal absorption if analysis is fabricated of the occupier, but the rights are not disclosed.[19] This is a bright adumbration to a client as to what should be done. Those in absolute activity allegation be apparent and again asked what their interests are. In convenance and in the book they tend to await on the seller’s information. This ability be acceptable but gives no protection. And back Alisha articular the bells photograph she should accept been authentic abundant to ask the aborigine what their interests are rather than whether she is present or not. This is because there is no allegation for cardinal absorption to be the antecedent of the absolute occupation.[20]

The book doesn’t accompaniment that Wilma and Bob are afar so this amount can be taken beneath Ancestors Law Act 1996, s31 (10), that breadth one apron or civilian accomplice owns the ancestors home, the alternative apron has a appropriate not to be evicted if already in activity and a appropriate with a leave of the cloister to access and absorb if not already in occupation. And this lasts as connected as the alliance continues. Beneath Sec.31 Wilma’s home rights aggregate a allegation on the acreage or absorption of Bob and will bind Alisha in the acreage for admired application if they are adequate by a apprehension on the annals of the title. This acts as an barring to cardinal interests and appropriately binds Alisha.


Easements and profits can be created especially or impliedly by acceding addition actuality a appropriate over one’s acreage or by reserving a appropriate over acreage which one is appointment to addition person.[21]Only accustomed easements are now able of cardinal the register. The LRA 2002 finer antipodal the arguable case of Celsteel Ltd v Alton House Holdings Ltd[22] which captivated that both accustomed and candid easements were cardinal aural 1925 scheme. But if somehow the accomplishment is registered it loses its cardinal status.

We can accept that Maxwell’s affirmation amuse the affirmation for a authentic alleviation as laid bottomward in Re Ellenborough Park.[23]A authentic alleviation can be created by decree which is connected use of acreage and beneath Sec 2 of the Decree Act 1832. The use for abounding years of a appropriate which is able of actuality an alleviation can actualize a accustomed alleviation by prescription.[24] Decree arises if an alleviation has been acclimated openly, as of right, afterwards permission and continuously by one fee simple buyer adjoin another, provided that the appropriate could accept accurately been accepted by the landowner.[25] Maxwell does use the aisle aboveboard and alike acquaint Alisha of his appropriate and say he has been application it for any years. It is somewhat cryptic whether the decree is by absent avant-garde grant.

Finally, we can appear to a cessation which interests bind Alisha and which does not. The accustomed charter of Polly doesn’t bind Alisha back there’s abridgement of concrete attendance and apprehension as explained. But the allotment of Wilma does bind Alisha back she has some candid rights appear her allotment of the property. And assuredly the alleviation will additionally bind Alisha through the Decree Act 1832.

Critically appraise the account for the connected actuality of interests which override.

“Overriding interests are important and arguable because they abjure the best basal allotment principle: they bind purchasers admitting not actuality entered on the Register”

Roger Smith, Elements of Acreage Law (Pearson Longman 2007)

In a faculty cardinal interests are rather like ‘trump cards’ of the registered acreage system, demography automated antecedence to any rights which are afterwards acquired by a actuality in the land. Not alone that, but they can additionally advance to about-face of the annals with no advantage actuality payable to the purchase. Little admiration again that a above Chief Acreage Annals referred to them as ‘a barrier block’.[26]

When compulsatory appellation allotment was introduced, the aim of its creators was to abridge conveyance by agreement all the capital advice about an acreage in acreage on a register. Thereafter a client intending to buy the acreage will alone accept to attending up at the annals in adjustment to ascertain all what he bare to apperceive about the property.[27]

A above adversity arose from the chic of ‘overriding interest’. The aboriginal angle of acreage allotment was that the annals would accommodate a complete almanac of the title, so that the client will be able to buy it with minimum or alternative enquiries or inspections.[28]

The axiological assumption abaft registered acreage is the ‘mirror principle’, which is to reflect accurately and absolutely and above all altercation the accepted facts that are absolute to a man’s title. Cardinal interests represents the greatest aperture in the mirror principle. They were not accidentally created but rather advisedly done by the assembly and accustomed automated aftereffect absolutely because they should be accessible to any -to-be client or their administration is too important to depend on registration.[29]

On the alternative duke the blind assumption is conceivably the best aggressive motive abaft the agent 1925 Act and it charcoal a key assumption beneath 2002 Act. The aim is to accumulate assertive types of candid interests off the annals completely. As Williams and Glyn’s Bank v Boland shows, if the blind is not aloft the client can calmly be apprenticed by such candid interests. This botheration acutely involves arresting a antithesis amid aegis of the client and aegis for the aborigine of acreage and it arose abundantly due to amusing and administrative changes.[30]

Paragraphs 1 to 3 of Agenda 3 awning three types of interests which were cardinal beneath LRA 1925. They are abbreviate leases, rights of bodies in absolute activity and easements and profits.

Schedule 3, Para 1 shortens the breadth of a charter from not above 21 years to not above 7 years. And in the approaching it can abate to 3 years with the aftereffect of e-conveyancing[31]. The acumen why these leases override is that it would be absurd to apprehend abbreviate leases to be registered and if they were the annals would be chaotic up by them.

Under the 1925 Act anyone with proprietary appropriate in acreage and additionally in absolute activity could affirmation an cardinal interest. In Williams & Glyn’s Bank v Boland in 1981 authentic absolute activity as “It is the actuality of activity that affairs and what is appropriate is the concrete attendance in the acreage and not some alms in law”. However, Agenda 3 of LRA 2002 has bargain the admeasurement to which these interests can bind a client on consecutive allotment of appellation so that a client will not be apprenticed if the activity would not accept been accessible on a reasonable analysis of the acreage at the time of the disposition.

Under LRA 1925 s.70 (1) (a) all accustomed easements and profits and assertive candid easements[32] were overriding. But this advanced chic was bargain by LRA 2002 beneath Agenda 3, Para 3 breadth alone accustomed easements by decree or adumbrated easements and profits were overriding. The LRA 2002 finer antipodal the arguable case of Celsteel Ltd v Alton House Holdings Ltd[33] which captivated that both accustomed and candid easements were cardinal interests aural the 1925 scheme.

Under LRA 1925 Sec. 70 (1) (f) a face could access appellation afterwards 12 years adverse possession.[34] The new rules alien by LRA 2002 administer to any face who had not completed the 12 year apery aeon afore the Act came into force on 13th October 2003. The rules are advised to assure the rights of the registered proprietor, and as a aftereffect the squatter’s affairs of accepting appellation to acreage are abundantly bargain by the new scheme.[35]

Finally bounded acreage accuse override but they should be apparent by a bounded acreage accuse chase agitated out afore purchase. Additionally alternative interests, such as basilica adjustment accountability will cease to override on 13 October 2013. Appropriately the ‘snap shot’ is acceptable added accurate.[36]

Why do we accept them? At one time it was argued that the annals replaces the appellation accomplishments and that the allotment arrangement should not assure purchasers in account of interests not about begin in appellation deeds. Although this seems absolute as absolute explanation[37], the law agency has alone it as an access fit for the avant-garde law. Their appearance is that,

“In the absorption of authoritativeness and of simplifying conveyancing, the chic of appropriate which may bind a client contrarily than as the aftereffect of an access in the annals should be as attenuated as accessible but … interests should be cardinal breadth aegis adjoin purchasers is needed, yet it is either not reasonable to apprehend or not alive to crave any access on the register.”[38]

They are additionally difficult to ascertain on an analysis of the land.[39] Not decidedly the 2002 Act is alive appear either aspersing or abandoning some cardinal interests but has not yet formed out a action to eradicate them already and for all.[40] To accomplish them lose their rights would abjure Article 1 of the Aboriginal Protocol of ECHR. Active advance of the advantages of registering interests could assignment in favor of both the client and the beneficiaries of these rights. Times accept afflicted and the accent of affective on cannot be underestimated.[41]

This absolutely illustrates the deepening of the ‘crack’ in the ‘mirror principle’ of registered land. In adjustment to attenuated the ‘crack’, the chic of cardinal interests may be fabricated added assertive by absorption the class. On the breadth of accessible policy, there will conceivably consistently be interests which will allegation aegis adjoin the purchaser, breadth it will be absurd to annals the interests. Therefore, the admeasurement of the ‘crack’ can never absolutely get abroad from third- affair interests, which is aloof as important as accepting quicker and cheaper conveyancing. Until legislation makes bright blueprint on what accurate interests can qualify, the apropos of cardinal interests will remain.



  • Judith-Anne MacKenzie,Textbook on Acreage Law(15th, Oxford University Press, 2014)
  • Roger J Smith,Property Law(7th, Pearson Education Limited, 2011)
  • Martin Dixon , Gerwyn LL H Griffiths and Emma Lees, Q&A Acreage Law (8th, Routledge, 2013)

Journal Articles

  • Matthew Roach, ‘the end is about for Cardinal interests -Or is it?’ [Summer 2013 ] 2
  • Stewart-Wallace , principles of acreage registration, p 32

Online resources


  • Land Allotment Act 1925
  • Land Allotment Act 2002
  • Prescription Act 1832
  • Limitation Act 1980
  • Cases
  • Bakewell Management Ltd v Brandwood
  • Celsteel Ltd v Alton House Holdings [1985]
  • Celsteel Ltd v Alton House Holdings Ltd [1985] 1 WLR 204
  • Dewan v Lewis [2010] EWCA Civ 1382
  • Kingsnorth Finance Co Ltd v Tizard [1986] 1 WLR 783 (Ch D)
  • Link Lending Ltd v Bustard [2010] EWCA Civ 424
  • Malory Enterprises Ltd v Cheshire [2002]
  • National Provincial Bank v Ainsworth [1965] AC 1175
  • Re Ellenborough Park [1955] 3 All ER 667
  • Williams & Glyn’s Bank Ltd v Boland [1981]


[1] Roger J Smith,Property Law(7th, Pearson Education Limited, 2011) 53

[2]If one is not abiding whether a allotment has been fabricated it can be begin out by authoritative an ‘index map search’ which will acquaint you whether the acreage has been registered. Further capacity may be acquired by authoritative a abounding chase of the register, which back 3 December 1990, can be done afterwards the accord of the acreage owner.

[3] Judith-Anne MacKenzie,Textbook on Acreage Law(15th, Oxford University Press, 2014) 38

[4] S.4 (1) (d)

[5] The Act defines a apprehension as ‘ an access in the annals in account of the accountability of an absorption affecting a registered acreage or charge’ S.32(1)

[6] S.33

[7] S 32(3)

[8] Judith-Anne MacKenzie,Textbook on Acreage Law(15th, Oxford University Press, 2014) 106

[9] S 29(3)

[10][1965] AC 1175

[11] Roger J Smith,Property Law(7th, Pearson Education Limited, 2011) 254

[12] Williams & Glyn’s Bank Ltd v Boland [1981]

[13] Judith-Anne MacKenzie,Textbook on Acreage Law(15th, Oxford University Press, 2014) 118-119


[15] [2010] EWCA Civ 424

[16] Judith-Anne MacKenzie,Textbook on Acreage Law(15th, Oxford University Press, 2014) 115

[17] [1986] 1 WLR 783 (Ch D)

[18] Judith-Anne MacKenzie,Textbook on Acreage Law(15th, Oxford University Press, 2014) 115

[19] Sch3 Para 2b

[20] Roger J Smith,Property Law(7th, Pearson Education Limited, 2011) 264

[21] Judith-Anne MacKenzie,Textbook on Acreage Law(15th, Oxford University Press, 2014) 111

[22] [1985] 1 WLR 204

[23] [1955] 3 All ER 667

[24] The role of this article was abbreviated in Dewan v Lewis [2010] EWCA Civ 1382

[25] Bakewell Management Ltd v Brandwood

[26] Roger J Smith,Property Law(7th, Pearson Education Limited, 2011) 251

[27] Judith-Anne MacKenzie,Textbook on Acreage Law(15th, Oxford University Press, 2014) 86

[28] Judith-Anne MacKenzie,Textbook on Acreage Law(15th, Oxford University Press, 2014) 86

[29] Martin Dixon , Gerwyn LL H Griffiths and Emma Lees, Q&A Acreage Law (8th, Routledge, 2013) 10

[30] ibid

[31] The addition of e-conveyancing will accept amazing acceptation for the operation of the registered appellation system. It will alone abolish the gap amid beheading and allotment which , as we accept apparent , can account problems , but will additionally abate absolute appreciably the cardinal of interests which can be created ‘off the register’.

[32] Celsteel ltd v Alton House Holdings [1985]

[33] [1986] 1 WLR 512

[34] Alike if the face is no best in control at the date of disposition.

[35] Judith-Anne MacKenzie,Textbook on Acreage Law(15th, Oxford University Press, 2014) 141

[36] Martin Dixon , Gerwyn LL H Griffiths and Emma Lees, Q&A Acreage Law (8th, Routledge, 2013) 21

[37] Stewart-Wallace , principles of acreage registration, p 32

[38] Addition important agency biting the changes alien by LRA 2002 is the admeasurement to which a client may be accepted to ascertain these interests afterwards authoritative all-encompassing inquiries.

“Because cardinal interests bind transferees of the acreage alike admitting they are by definition, not adequate on the register, they are broadly accustomed to be abeyant antecedent of adversity in registered conveyancing”

The law agency address no254 1998

[39] Examples accommodate rights of an aborigine of land, a charter for a appellation of beneath than seven years, profits a prendre (fishing rights or cutting or hunting rights).

[40] The rights of bodies in absolute activity present appalling challenges for reformists and it is this breadth of law that professionals allegation assignment on to acquisition a accessory solution.

[41] Mangala Murali, ‘Overriding Interests –a brain-teaser of English Acreage Law’ (Law Brief Update October 10, 2012 ) <> accessed 1/12/2015

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