REMB36-Real Estate Law

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Miss Joanne Stringer


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module provides students with a knowledge of the legal principles governing the formation of contracts. It covers the basics of English property law, including the rules relating to the transfer of land. It deals in particular with the rights and obligations arising from leasehold ownership.


This modules aims to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of the legal framework for leasehold ownership and with a sound grasp of how the rules governing the use, enjoyment and transfer of leasehold property operate in a practical and commercial context.

Assessable learning outcomes:

Students will be able to

- demonstrate a practical understanding of the basic principles of the law of contract

- enumerate and understand the principal liabilities undertaken between landlords and tenants;

- explain and appreciate the legal parameters set for the review of rents in commercial leases;

- explain and evaluate the way in which statute protects the occupation of tenants of business premises;

- identify and analyse potential legal rights and liabilities arising out of complex hypothetical scenarios;

- organise and deploy legal material concisely and effectively in writing.

- demonstrate self direction in tackling and solving problems;

- act autonomously in formulating legal advice on contractual and landlord and tenant issues.

Additional outcomes:

Students will be encouraged, through guided discussion, further to develop their oral communication skills and their effectiveness in group situations.

Outline content:

• Legal principles governing the formation of contracts (including sales of land) and liability for breach of contract and for misrepresentation

• a brief outline of the basic principles of English property law

• leases, licences and the enforceability of leasehold covenants;

• the principal lease covenants;

• remedies for breach of lease covenants;

• termination of leases;

• rent reviews; and

• statutory protection of business tenants.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The course will be delivered as a block release with on-line course support. The block release teaching will comprise 4 1/2 days of lecture and problem solving workshops. Two individual project assignments will serve to consolidate and integrate the taught material.

The block release taught element will be supported by the use of Blackboard. The course information, handouts, presentations and assignment will be posted here.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 14
Seminars 10
Tutorials 6
Guided independent study 170
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 40
Report 60

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Assignment 1 – 2nd January 2019 (Out of term time)

Assignment 2 – 6th March – Term 2 – Week 8


The module will be assessed by way of two assignments. These will require students to consider a hypothetical scenario, to identify the legal issues arising there from, and to suggest possible legal outcomes. A strict word limit of 2500 words applies to for the first assignment and one of 3500 to the second. The first assignment is weighted 40%; the second assignment is weighted 60%.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Assessment requirements for a pass:
50% overall

Reassessment arrangements:
New assignment for any failed assignment - this will achieve a maximum mark of 50%
Reassessment will be by the same method as for the module's original assessment requirements, subject to variation by the Examination Board where appropriate

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

No additional costs

Last updated: 31 July 2018


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