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Land Registration Act 2002

Interests of persons in Actual occupation

211.The effect of Paragraph 2 is that, subject to one exception, an interest belonging to a person in actual occupation of land overrides first registration. The overriding status of these interests only extends to those parts of the land which the person is actually occupying. This category is considerably narrower in scope than the category existing under the current law, which treats the receipt of rents and profits as occupation of the land. The one exception to the overriding status of occupation rights is an interest under a settlement under the Settled Land Act 1925. Such interests are now, however, relatively uncommon, and since the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 came into force, no new settlements can be created.

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