REMF54-Property Law

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring 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 is designed to help students develop a conceptual understanding of the legal environment in which real estate operates in the UK.


Students will gain a systematic appreciation of how property law shapes the rights and obligations which attach to owners and occupiers of real property in England and Wales. It also aims to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of the legal principles governing the use, enjoyment and transfer of freehold and 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

  • Easements and freehold covenants

  • The protection of interests in land and overriding interests

  • Leases, licences and the enforceability of leasehold covenants

  • The principal leasehold covenants

  • Remedies for breach of covenant

  • Commercial rent review

  • Statutory protection of business tenants

  • Relevant rules of contract and tort relating to any or all of the abov

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

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Two hour written examination (50%).

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:


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

- to be submitted during timetabling week 29 (week 10) of spring term

Set exercise: 

- an online test

- 10 multiple choice questions

- to take place during timetabling week 27 (week 8) of the spring term

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:

The pass-mark for this module is 50%.

Reassessment arrangements:

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

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):



Last updated: 31 July 2018


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