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Estate Agents Act 1979

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2Interests in land

(1)Subject to subsection (3) below, any reference in this Act to disposing of an interest in land is a reference to—

(a)transferring a legal estate in fee simple absolute in possession; or

(b)transferring or creating, elsewhere than in Scotland, a lease which, by reason of the level of the rent, the length of the term or both, has a capital value which may be lawfully realised on the open market; or

(c)transferring or creating in Scotland any estate or interest in land which is capable of being owned or held as a separate interest and to which a title may be recorded in the Register of Sasines;

and any reference to acquiring an interest in land shall be construed accordingly.

(2)In subsection (1)(b) above the expression " lease " includes the rights and obligations arising under an agreement to grant a lease.

(3)Notwithstanding anything in subsections (1) and (2) above, references in this Act to disposing of an interest in land do not extend to disposing of—

(a)the interest of a creditor whose debt is secured by way of a mortgage or charge of any kind over land or an agreement for any such mortgage or charge; or

(b)in Scotland, the interest of a creditor in a heritable security as defined in section 9(8) of the Conveyancing and Feudal Reform (Scotland) Act 1970.

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