RE2APL-Applied Property Law

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites: RE1IAP Investment Appraisal
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Miss Joanne Stringer

Type of module:

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 the University of Reading and the University of Reading Malaysia. 


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:

Upon completion of this module, students should be able to: 

  • demonstrate a practical understanding of the principles of the law governing the relationship between landlords and tenants in the commercial property market; 

  • enumerate and understand the principal liabilities, obligations and rights between landlords and tenants;  

  • understand how commercial leases can be brought to an end and e valuate the remedies available for breaches of covenant; 

  • explain and evaluate the way in which the law 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. 

Additional outcomes:

  • Ability to recognise the implications of major changes to the law relating 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 the knowledge and 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 more detail than is possible in lectures. 

Outline content:

The module covers the following areas: 

  • Classification of leases and tenancies. 

  • Enforcement of leasehold covenants. 

  • Implied covenants. 

  • Procedure for obtaining consent to the alienation of a lease and grounds on which consent to such alienation can be refused by landlords. 

  • Principal rules relating to alterations, repairs, insurance and chan ges of use to leasehold 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 1 x 1-hour lecture and 9 x 2-hour lectures plus 4 seminars which involve advance reading and preparation. There will also be 2 x 2-hour revision lectures. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 19 2 2
Seminars 4
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 5
    Wider reading (directed) 15
    Exam revision/preparation 15
    Preparation for seminars 4
    Completion of formative assessment tasks 8
    Revision and preparation 16
    Reflection 10
Total hours by term 81 2 17
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Two-hour examination paper requiring students to answer three questions from a choice of six topics. 

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:

  • One piece of non-assessed coursework answering an exam-style question. 

  • One mock examination in the same style and format as the summative examination.

Penalties for late submission:

The Support Centres will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that 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:
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.

Assessment requirements for a pass:


Reassessment arrangements:

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

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 8 April 2021


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