Singapore University of Social Sciences

Law of Property

Law of Property (LAW317)


LAW317 Law of Property introduces the Law Student to the law of real property in Singapore. This subject deals with the relationship of people to land: students will explore the various estates in land, dealing with interest in land, the rights of mortgagors and mortgagees, the impact of easements and covenants on land. Students will also learn of the use of strata titles, as well as the Torrens system in Singapore.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 10
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JULY


  • Introduction to Land Law
  • Estates in Land and State Land
  • Dealings in Interest in Land
  • Equity and Trusts relating to Land
  • Co-Ownership and Capacity to hold land
  • Priority of Interests at General Law & Registration of Deeds
  • The Torrens System, the Land Register and Caveats
  • Commercial Dealings in Land: Sale & Purchase of
  • Mortgages
  • Rights in Another’s Land: Licences & Easements Property and Leases
  • Covenants Relating to Freehold Land
  • Strata Titles: Singapore’s High Rise Property Landscape

Learning Outcome

  • Indicate the various sources of the relevant law, how it is made and developed; of the institutions within which that law is administered and the personnel who practice law
  • Demonstrate understanding of legal concepts, values, principles and procedures of Singapore law and explain the relationship between them in a number of subject areas, as well as to apply them
  • Analyse fact patterns to identify relevant issues of law, fact and procedure.
  • Interpret the relevant rule of substantive law, procedure or evidence relevant to the issues identified
  • Apply the relevant laws and principles to come to a conclusion on the issues
  • Formulate an opinion, provide a solution and advise based on the conclusions
  • Discuss critically, competing arguments in literature or in a group situation and make a reasoned choice between alternatives
  • Examine ideas, concepts and arguments in the English language and legal terminology with care and accuracy
  • Employ information technology in an office environment for the search for information, the preparation of documents and presentations
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