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Ownership of a legal estate in registered land with a guarantee by the state that no one has a better right to that estate. An absolute title to freehold land is equivalent to an estate in fee simple in possession in unregistered land. Absolute leasehold title, unlike good leasehold title, guarantees that the lessor has title to grant the lease. (Compare possessory title; qualified title.) The title may be subject to: encumbrances and other entries noted on the register by means of substantive registration (e.g. a registered legal charge or land charge); noted interests, such as that of a beneficiary under a trust, which may be protected by means of a notice or restriction on the register rather than by substantive registration; overriding interests (which by their nature do not appear on the register and must be ascertained by search and enquiry).See also land registration.

encumbrances and other entries noted on the register by means of substantive registration (e.g. a registered legal charge or land charge);

noted interests, such as that of a beneficiary under a trust, which may be protected by means of a notice or restriction on the register rather than by substantive registration;

overriding interests (which by their nature do not appear on the register and must be ascertained by search and enquiry).

Subjects: Law.


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