LAND LAW

LAND LAWAnswer both parts of the question

Part A

In 2004 Ayla, a homeless person, discovers an empty building in Camden. The building’s windows and doors are boarded up, and a sign has been placed on the front entrance which says, ‘Recently acquired by Trainlink for the cross London rail development.’ Ayla notices that the building seems to have been empty for some time, and that there are signs of vandalism. Indeed, the vandalism is such that Ayla is able to gain easy access to the building. After sleeping there for a couple of weeks, Ayla tells a friend of hers, “Well, I know it belongs to Trainlink, but I don’t see why I can’t use it until they need it.”

Having some concerns for her personal safety in the property, Ayla begins to carry out repairs so as to improve the security of the building. This includes putting a new lock on the main entrance, adding bolts to the other two doors and, when money allows, replacing some of the small broken window panes. She removes Trainslink’s sign. She also acquires a bed, cooker, and easy chair from a local charity. In order to use the cooker, she gets in touch with an energy supplier to reconnect services to the building. The energy supplier asks Ayla who the owner of the property is, and she tells them that she is the owner.

Now that she has a permanent address, Ayla is able to get a job at Coffeego. This enables her to finance further improvements to the property. Nevertheless, at the back of her mind, Ayla is concerned that she is not the actual owner of the property, and she comes to you for advice.

Advise Ayla

Part B

Bankole and Cathy are very much in love. Bankole asks Cathy to move in with him. The house, which Bankole inherited from his parents, is registered in his name alone. Bankole tells Cathy, on several occasions, “You are the love of my life, and I will always take care of you.” Although there is no mortgage on the property, Bankole and Cathy share the expenses of day-to-day life. This means that Cathy pays the electricity and gas bills, whilst Bankole pays for the internet connection and various television channels. After a couple of years, Cathy suggests adding a conservatory to the back of the house. Bankole is unsure, as he hates DIY. However, Cathy loves building, and so she tells Bankole not to worry, and that she will take care of everything. Out of her savings, Cathy purchases the necessary materials for the conservatory, and pays a local odd job man to help her with the task. Using all of her free time for 2 months, Cathy completes the addition to the house. Bankole is very pleased, and thinks that the conservatory looks great.

The following year, Bankole tells Cathy that their relationship moved too quickly, that it was a mistake for them to move in together, and that he needs some space to ‘find himself’. He tells Cathy that she should make arrangements to move out by the end of the month.

Advise Cathy.

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