LW2APL-Applied Property Law

Module Provider: School of Law
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:5
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites: LW101F Introduction to Property Law
Non-modular pre-requisites: Not open to students on any LLB programme
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Nicholas Roberts

Email: n.t.roberts@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module introduces the main aspects of landlord and tenant law including types of leases, covenants and the processes encountered by surveyors in relation to landlord and tenant legal interaction. This module is delivered at University of Reading and the University of Reading Malaysia.

Aims:
The module aims to provide students with an understanding of the main legal principles and issues applying to landlord and tenant law. This builds on the foundations created in the Introduction to Property Law module in the first year and runs alongside the Part 2 Planning Law and Practice module.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Students will be expected to be able to discuss and explain key aspects of landlord and tenant law.

Additional outcomes:
•Ability to recognise the implications of major changes to the law in relation to landlord and tenant.
•Development of oral and discursive skills.
•Development of group work skills.

The understanding of students will be developed largely through the use of legal questions and problems which will require knowledge skills of students to be applied to a variety of hypothetical situations arising out of landlord and tenant law.

The lectures aim to cover the main principles of the relevant materials. The lectures will be supplemented by handouts which will also note some areas not covered in the lectures. In tutorials, the relevant material will be discussed in rather more detail than is possible in lectures.

Outline content:
The module covers the following areas:
•Classification of leases and tenancies.
•Enforcement of leasehold covenants under statute.
•Implied covenants.
•Procedure for obtaining consent to the assignment of a lease and grounds on which consent to such assignment can be refused by landlords.
•Principal rules relating to structural alterations and repairs to leased property.
•Termination by forfeiture of leases.
•Main principles of rent review.
•Main principles of statutory renewal of business tenancies.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
There will be two one-hour lectures per week save in the final week of term and four tutorials which involve advance reading and preparation. Revision is by e-mail.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 18
Tutorials 4
Guided independent study 78
       
Total hours by term 100.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 100

Other information on summative assessment:
Given the somewhat wide and fragmented nature of the subject matter in the module the most appropriate method of testing knowledge and understanding in this module is through examination. A sufficiently wide range of questions will be set so as to allow students a fair choice of topics within the subject and to ensure breadth of knowledge. The class essay will allow students practice a written answer to a legal problem and so equipping them for the examination technique. This also aids in their presentational and analytical skills in the subject area.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    Examination: 100%
    A one and a half hour examination paper requiring students to answer three questions from a choice of 6 topics

    Requirements for a pass:
    40%

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment will be by the same method as for the module's original assessment requirements.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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