Tenure and Estates

Mark P. Thompson and Martin George

in Thompson's Modern Land Law

Sixth edition

Published on behalf of © Mark P. Thompson & Martin George 2017

Published in print July 2017 | ISBN: 9780198722830
Published online September 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780191797811 | DOI:
Tenure and Estates

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The doctrine of estates appears to be a logical consequence of tenure. The theory underpinning Land Law in England is that all land belongs to the Crown and that people held the land from the Crown, originally, in return for the performance of services. In this case, the tenants did not actually own the land itself, but only held an interest, or estate, in the land. Certain incidents of ownership can be divided between different people at different times, a process facilitated by the doctrine of estates. This chapter focuses on the doctrines of tenure and estates. It discusses freehold estates, which include the fee simple, the life estate, and the fee tail, as well as the co-existence of estates, ownership and possession of land, and leasehold estates.

Keywords: doctrine of estates; tenure; Land Law; England; land; freehold estates; fee simple; life estate; fee tail; leasehold estates

Chapter.  9350 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Land Law

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