Summary module description:

This module is designed to help students develop a conceptual understanding of the legal environment in which real estate operates in the UK.


Aims:

Students will gain a systematic appreciation of how English law shapes the rights and obligations which attach to owners and occupiers of real property. It also aims to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of the legal principles governing the use, enjoyment and transfer of leasehold land and to set these in their practical and commercial context.


Assessable learning outcomes:



- a practical understanding of the basic principles of the law governing estates and interests in land and their acquisition;



- a critical awareness of how these principles impact on the ownership and occupation of real estate. 



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 property law 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:

- Estates and interests in land and their acquisition



- leases, licences and the enforceability of leasehold covenants



- the principal lease covenants



- remedies for breach of lease covenants



- termination of leases



- rent reviews



- statutory protection of business tenants



- relevant rules of contract and tort relating to any or all of the above


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

3 hours per week comprising a mixture of lectures and practical classes and workshops.


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Practicals classes and workshops 10
Guided independent study 170
       
Total hours by term 200.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Report 40
Set exercise 10

Other information on summative assessment:

Report: 



- A complex real life scenario looking at a detailed aspect of property law from the viewpoint of a chartered surveyor offering initial advice on a specific topic or topics



- 2000 words



 



Set exercise:  



- an online test 



- 10 multiple choice questions



 



Written examination:



- 2 hours


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: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx 



 



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: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:

2 hours.


Requirements for a pass:

The pass-mark for this module is 50%.


Reassessment arrangements:

Reassessment will be by written exam, subject to variation by the examination board as appropriate.


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