Property

  • Adverse Possession

    This is the process which results in the acquisition of legal title of land, without actually paying for...
  • Break Clause

    This is a clause which allows a tenant to end a lease at specific times during the period of the...
  • Chattel

    This refers to any property except freehold...
  • Common Hold

    A form of freehold land ownership, as an alternative to long leasehold...
  • Dilapidations

    An assesment of a tenant's liabilities under repairing covenants in a...
  • Easement

    An interest in land owned by a different party which entitles its holder to a specific use or...
  • Encroachment

    When a portion of a building, wall or fence extends beyond the land of the owner and intrudes upon that of an adjoining...
  • Encumbrance

    An obligation affecting a property, generally in a negative...
  • Equity

    In property terms, normally used to describe the difference between the outstanding mortgage and the value of a...
  • Eviction

    Removing a tenant from their rented...
  • Fixture

    This refers to a permanently fixed piece of furniture or equipment on a...
  • Freehold

    When one has absolute title on a...
  • Ground Rent

    Money that needs to be paid under...
  • Habitable

    Property which is suitable and fit for a person to live...
  • Habitual residence

    The place of a person’s home or...
  • Her Majesty's Land Registry

    Government Department that holds information regarding property ownership...
  • Holdover Tenancy

    A tenancy which arises because someone remains in possession of a property after the expiration of the previous...
  • Indenture

    A deed or other document binding two or more...
  • Joint Tenants

    Where people jointly own assets or property. The ownership passes to the survivor on the death of the other...
  • Land Registry

    A body that maintains records of who owns property and what conditions relate to the...
  • Landlord

    Property owner who rents it out to a...
  • Lease

    The letting of land for a prescribed...
  • Leasehold

    Where property is owned for a limited...
  • Loss of Use

    This is where a property cannot be used in the normal way for some...
  • Mesne Profits

    Sum of money claimed by the owner of property against someone not legally entitled to be in...
  • Notice to Quit

    Gives prior notice, when served in possession proceedings, of termination of a...
  • Occupancy

    Holding or possessing...
  • Ouster

    An order within an injunction to force a person to leave a...
  • Party Wall

    A wall dividing two separate premises - the joint responsibility of both...
  • Planning permission

    When the Local Authority approval the building, extension or change of use of a...
  • Possession Proceedings

    Legal proceedings by a landlord to recover land or...
  • Premises

    A building or part...
  • Quiet Enjoyment

    These are the implied obligations of a landlord to ensure that their tenant is not disturbed in their...
  • Realty

    Land...
  • Reasonable Wear and Tear

    Damage to a property as a result of normal...
  • Reposession

    Taking possession of a property, usually due to lack of payment of rent or...
  • Restrictive covenant

    An agreement which prevents a property purchaser from building on or using the property in a certain...
  • Squatter

    A person occupying land or property without the owners...
  • Sub-Letting

    The renting of a property by a...
  • Tenant

    Someone who rents a property from a...
  • Tenants in common

    Where more than one party owns a property but each party has a specified...
  • Tenure

    The type of property...
  • Title

    The owner's right to a...
  • Title Deeds

    Documents which act as evidence of ownership and set out any obligations or rights which affect the...
  • Trespass

    Invasion of private...
  • Warrant of Restitution

    A remedy available following illegal re-entry of premises by persons evicted under a warrant of possession, whereby a bailiff is authorised to evict all occupants found on the premises and re-deliver the premises to the...