Project #40856 - Land Law

Land Law 

Spring 2014

Assignment Information

The assignment comprises two parts. Part A contains short answer questions. It is worth 15 marks.  Part B contains a problem question. It is worth 30 marks. The marking criteria and  standards are set out in the Learning Guide.  


As well as you must submit a hard copy on the due date. The hard copy must have the cover sheet that has been posted in the assessment folder on vUWS attached. When you complete the cover sheet, please ensure you underline your family name. 

You may submit it in the tutorial or you may deliver your hard copy to the Law School in building EK on the Parramatta campus. There will be an assignment box marked in the row of assignment boxes opposite the reception desk at the entrance to the building. 


Land Law Assignment 

Spring 2014

Value: 45 marks


Part A (15 marks – allow approximately 700 words) 

Question 1 (7.5 marks)

Explain which English laws were ‘applicable’ in the colony of New South Wales and how local land laws developed that were divergent from English laws. 


Question 2 (7.5 marks)

Explain the benefits of a life estate and the restraints on the way a life tenant may treat the land. 


Part B (30 marks)

Lucy owned a small building in Strathfield. The building was fairly run down and was in need of refurbishment. This would be costly and Lucy was considering selling the building. She mentioned this to a friend Faye, who suggested Lucy let Faye’s nephew Tom pay to use the space as his office for six months (or less, should the building be sold). Tom was a freelance journalist who also published a not for profit magazine to support children with disabilities. 


Lucy agreed and she drafted a document setting out the names of the parties, the address of the property, the period of occupation, the starting date, the amount Tom must pay each week and a covenant prohibiting any assignment or sub-letting without her prior consent. Tom moved in on this basis. 


Within a week of moving in, Tom complained to Lucy that during torrential rain, water had leaked into the building and the place was very damp. He wanted Lucy to replace the roof tiles.  At Tom’s request, Lucy inspected the property.  She noticed the rooms seemed very dirty and there was a musty smell, which she thought was because Tom wasn’t keeping the property very clean.  He had stacks of old copies of his magazines piled up on the floor in the main office and in the corridor. She also noticed in the kitchen and bathroom the taps were dripping constantly and in the kitchen there were stain marks around the basin from where it appeared the basin had overflowed. 


Tom also said the wiring was so old, that he couldn’t run multiple electrical appliances without overloading the circuit and causing the electricity supply to fail and that this was dangerous. Lucy thought Tom was the cause of this problem, since he was using too many appliances. 


Tom said Lucy was not meeting her obligations as a landlord and that he would not pay rent until Lucy made the property fit. Lucy was angry and went to the property and hammered on the door demanding Tom ‘open up’. Tom stayed quietly inside the property. Tom was so afraid that Lucy might try to get into the property, he slept in the office that night. 


The next day, Tom decided not to withhold the rent and instead, he invited his friend Chris, another journalist, to sub-let a small room of the kitchen as this would help with the rent. When he notified Lucy that Chris had agreed to sub-let the room, Lucy was furious that Tom had not asked her permission first, since she did not want another occupant in the building when she was uncertain about whether she would sell it.



Advise Tom in relation to the legal issues. 


Referencing legal material

Assignments may be referenced in accordance with the Melbourne University Law Review Association, Australian Guide to Legal Citation (Melbourne University Law Review Association Inc, 3rd ed, 2010). This guide is available electronically at:  Alternatively, students may comply with the referencing requirements of their course, or a business citation system only (it could be Harvard or some modified Harvard system), subject to the inclusion in the reference of the page number of each source. Details of referencing systems can be found at:

Whichever referencing model you adopt, you must provide sufficient information to allow those examiners to properly understand exactly to what primary or secondary sources you are referring and the page number to permit pinpoint referencing. .


Case law

When you refer to a case in the assignment, you should give the full citation. Eg 

Radaich v Smith (1959) 101 CLR 209.

Please make sure you italicise the names of the parties. 



For legislation, a similar approach is acceptable. For example, in the assignment, you would refer to the:

Conveyancing Act 1919 (NSW)


Secondary material

For secondary material in the assignment, you might refer to:


Peter Butt, Land Law (6th edition, Lawbook Co., 2010) 


Subject Law
Due By (Pacific Time) 09/27/2014 12:00 am
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