Succession Act 1965

Special provisions as to unregistered land.

[1959 (No. 8) s. 21]


53. (1) An assent to the vesting of any estate or interest in unregistered land of a deceased person in favour of the person entitled thereto shall—

( a) be in writing,

( b) be signed by the personal representatives,

( c) be deemed, for the purposes of the Registration of Deeds Act, 1707, to be a conveyance of that estate or interest from the personal representatives to the person entitled,

( d) operate, subject to the provisions of the Registration of Deeds Act, 1707, with respect to priorities, to vest that estate or interest in the person entitled subject to such charges and incumbrances, if any, as may be specified in the assent and as may otherwise affect that estate or interest,

( e) subject to the provisions of the Registration of Deeds Act, 1707, be deemed (unless a contrary intention appears therein) for all purposes necessary to establish the title of the person entitled to intervening rents and profits to relate back to the death of the deceased, but nothing in this paragraph shall operate to enable any person to establish a title inconsistent with the will of the deceased.

(2) Any person in whose favour an assent or conveyance of any unregistered land is made by personal representatives may at his own expense require the personal representatives to register that assent or conveyance in the Registry of Deeds pursuant to the Registration of Deeds Act, 1707.


(3) An assent or conveyance of unregistered land by a personal representative shall, in favour of a purchaser, be conclusive evidence that the person in whose favour the assent or conveyance is given or made is the person who was entitled to have the estate or interest vested in him, but shall not otherwise prejudicially affect the claim of any person originally entitled to that estate or interest or to any mortgage or incumbrance thereon.

(4) This section applies to assents and conveyances made after the commencement of this Act whether the deceased died before or after such commencement.