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Settled Land Act 1925

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12 Power to make vesting orders as to settled land.E+W

(1)If—

(a)any person who is bound under this Part of this Act to execute a conveyance, vesting deed or vesting assent or in whom settled land is wrongly vested refuses or neglects to execute the requisite conveyance, vesting deed or vesting assent within one month after demand in writing; or

(b)any such person is outside the United Kingdom, or cannot be found, or it is not known whether he is alive or dead; or

(c)for any reason the court is satisfied that the conveyance, vesting deed or vesting assent cannot be executed, or cannot be executed without undue delay or expense;

the court may, on the application of any person interested, make an order vesting the settled land in the tenant for life or statutory owner or person, if any, of full age absolutely entitled (whether beneficially or as personal representative or [F1trustee of land] or otherwise), and, if the land remains settled land, the provisions of this Act relating to a principal vesting deed or a subsidiary vesting deed, as the case may be, shall apply to any order so made and every such order shall contain the like statements and particulars.

(2)No stamp duty shall be payable in respect of a vesting order made in place of a vesting or other assent.

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F1Words in s. 12(1) substituted (1.1.1997) by 1996 c. 47, s. 25(1), Sch. 3 para. 2(5)(with ss. 24(2), 25(4)(5)); S.I. 1996/2974, art.2

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