UK real estate law is derived from common law and statutory legislation. In relation to the latter, the primary legislation comprises:
- the Law of Property Act 1925, which reduced the number of legal estates to two and streamlined the transfer of interests in land for purchasers;
- the Land Charges Act 1972, which updated the process for registering charges against unregistered land; and
- the Land Registration Act 2002, which updated the law of land registration and stipulated the registration of shorter leases.