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- A few months ago Jake decided to purchase Whiteacre from Godfrey. Whiteacre comprised a house, a garage and large field. Jake, who is taking an internet course on law, decided to do the conveyancing work himself and moved into Whiteacre after title was registered in his name.In the last few days Jake has noticed Larry, a local farmer, moving sheep into the large field. When confronted, Larry explained that in January 2013 Godfrey granted him a seven-year lease of the field.On the same day Jake saw Mo, his neighbour, letting herself into the garage and removing a lawnmower. When Jake asked her what she was doing, Mo told him that she bought her house from Godfrey several years previously. Mo is not sure but she thinks she may have a written document authorising her to use the garage to store her lawnmower. She also explained that she stored her lawnmower in the garage at Whiteacre in exactly the same place that Godfrey had kept his own lawnmower.Yesterday, Jake was shocked when Kitty let herself into the house. Kitty, Godfrey’s former partner, claimed that Whiteacre was still her home. She told Jake that she had paid part of the purchase price when she and Godfrey acquired Whiteacre. Kitty had been away for the last three months looking after her infirm mother who died last week. Before purchasing Whiteacre, Jake asked Godfrey about the women’s clothing he had seen in the large walk-in closet leading off the master bedroom in Whiteacre. Godfrey said that he was storing them for his former partner.
- (a) Advise Jake about what rights, if any, Larry, Mo, and Kitty have to Whiteacre.
- (b) Briefly indicate how, if at all, your advice would differ if Jake’s position was governed solely by principles of unregistered land.