Chapter CG70224

Record NumberCG70224
Published date12 March 2016

An `estate’ in land measures the amount of the owner’s interest in that land. In England and Wales, the main estates are:

  • the fee simple estate;
  • the life estate;
  • the leasehold estate.

The fee simple estate is, for all practical purposes, equivalent to outright ownership. However, the owner is subject to certain restrictions, for example the land must not be used in such a way as to cause nuisance to neighbours and any development is subject to planning controls. In legal documents, this estate will often be referred to as `the estate in fee simple’.

The life estate entitles the holder to occupy and use the land for the whole of his or her life. However, on death no interest in the land passes into the...

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