Succession Act 1965

Powers to deal with estate, etc.

[Restates, clarifies and extends to real estate existing law relating to personal estate; as to real estate, see 1859 (c. 35) ss. 14 to 18]

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60. (1) The personal representatives of a deceased owner of land may, in addition to any other powers conferred on them by this Act—

( a) make such leases of the land as may be reasonably necessary for the due administration of the estate of the deceased owner; or

( b) with the consent of the beneficiaries, or with the approval of the court, make leases of the land for such term and on such conditions as the personal representatives may think proper; or

( c) make, on such terms and conditions as the personal representatives may think proper, F23 [ a sub-lease of the land ] with a nominal reversion, where such F24 [ ] sub-lease amounts in substance to a sale and the personal representatives have satisfied themselves that it is the most appropriate method of disposing of the land in the course of the administration of the estate;

and, where personal representatives F24 [ ] lease any land pursuant to any power conferred on them by this subsection, they may sell F24 [ ] any reversion expectant upon the determination of any such lease.

(2) The right of the personal representatives to obtain possession of any premises demised by them pursuant to the power conferred by paragraph ( a) of subsection (1) shall be exercisable notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in the Rent Restrictions Act, 1960.

(3) The personal representatives of a deceased person may from time to time raise money by way of mortgage or charge for the payment of expenses, debts and liabilities, and any legal right and, with the approval of all the beneficiaries being sui juris or the court (but not otherwise), for the erection, repair, improvement or completion of buildings, or the improvement of lands forming part of the estate of the deceased.

(4) This section shall not prejudice or affect any power or duty of personal representatives to execute any document or do any other act or thing for the purpose of completing any transaction entered into by a deceased person before his death.

[1840 (c. 105) s. 61]

(5) The personal representatives of a deceased person may distrain upon land for arrears of rent due or accruing to the deceased in like manner as the deceased might have done had he been living.

[1840 (c. 105) s. 62]

(6) Such arrears may be distrained for after the termination of the lease or tenancy as if the term or interest had not determined, if the distress is made—

( a) within six months after the termination of the lease or tenancy;

( b) during the continuance of the possession of the lessee or tenant from whom the arrears were due.

The enactments relating to distress for rent apply to any distress made pursuant to this subsection.

[New]

(7) The personal representatives may distrain for arrears of a rentcharge due or accruing to the deceased in his lifetime on the land affected or charged therewith, so long as the land remains in the possession of the person liable to pay the rentcharge or of the persons deriving title under him, and in like manner as the deceased might have done had he been living.

[Enlarges powers conferred by 1893 (c. 53) s. 21]

(8) The personal representatives of a deceased person may—

( a) accept any property before the time at which it is transferable or payable;

( b) pay or allow any debt or claim on any evidence they may reasonably deem sufficient;

( c) accept any composition or security for any debt or property claimed;

( d) allow time for payment of any debt;

( e) compromise, compound, abandon, submit to arbitration, or otherwise settle, any debt, account, dispute, claim or other matter relating to the estate of the deceased;

( f) settle and fix reasonable terms of remuneration for any trust corporation appointed by them under section 57 to act as trustee of any property and authorise such trust corporation to charge and retain such remuneration out of that property,

and for any of those purposes may enter into such agreements or arrangements and execute such documents as seem to them expedient, without being personally responsible for any loss occasioned by any act or thing so done by them in good faith.

(9) This section shall not prejudice or affect any powers conferred by will on personal representatives, and the powers conferred by this section on the personal representatives of a deceased person who has died testate shall be exercised subject to any provisions contained in his will with respect to the disposal of his estate.

(10) This section applies whether the deceased died before or after the commencement of this Act.

Annotations:

Amendments:

F23

Substituted (1.12.2009) by Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Act 2009 (27/2009), s. 8(1) and sch. 1, S.I. No. 356 of 2009.

F24

Deleted (1.12.2009) by Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Act 2009 (27/2009), s. 8(1) and sch. 1, S.I. No. 356 of 2009.