Land Law pp 53-78 | Cite as


  • Kate Green
Part of the Macmillan Law Masters book series


As already seen (in 1.5 above), freehold (fee simple absolute in possession) and leasehold are currently the only estates in land which can be legal. A lease was originally a contract for the occupation of land, and it was only in the sixteenth century that leases were recognised as ‘interests in land’ so that the rights and duties of the parties were no longer merely contractual, but became glued to the land. However, much of the law of leases is still contract law, with statutory additions.


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Further Reading

  1. Bright, S. and Gilbert, G. (1995) Landlord and Tenant Law: the Nature of Tenancies (Oxford: Clarendon Press).Google Scholar
  2. Carrott, S. (1990) Arden and Partington on Quiet Enjoyment, 3rd edn (London: LAG)Google Scholar
  3. Partington, M. (1980) Landlord and Tenant, Text and Materials on Housing and Law, 2nd edn (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson).Google Scholar
  4. Yates, D. and Hawkins, A. J. (1986) Landlord and Tenant Law, 2nd edn (London: Sweet & Maxwell).Google Scholar

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© Kate Green 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kate Green
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  1. 1.University of East LondonUK

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