land charge

land charge

third party rights affecting unregistered land that require to be registered in the Land Charges Register in order to bind purchasers for value of that land. Included in the categories of land charges are restrictive covenants, equitable easements, estate contracts, mortgages not protected by the deposit of title deeds and the right of a deserted spouse to remain in the matrimonial home. Additionally, local authorities in England and Wales are required to keep a Register of Local Land Charges in which are to be entered details of local authority charges, planning charges and the like, which, when registered, bind successive owners of the land. Local land charges affect registered as well as unregistered land.
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