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State Bank of India v Sood

[1997] Ch 276

Case summary last updated at 01/01/2020 17:26 by the Oxbridge Notes in-house law team.

Judgement for the case State Bank of India v Sood

Where a house held on trust for sale was mortgaged to secure past and future advances, the fact that no money was advanced at that time did not permit an occupying beneficiary (resisting a subsequent possession action by the unpaid mortgagee) to claim an overriding interest having priority over the mortgage under s 70(1)(g) of the Land Registration Act 1925. In such a case, and on the true construction of s 2(1)(ii) of the Law of Property Act 1925, the overreaching of beneficial interests did not depend on compliance with statutory requirements for the receipt by trustees of capital monies. Non-payment to the trustees is only relevant where capital money arises, which did not occur in the present case, nor, for example, with leases where there is no premium (here the loan was replacing an existing mortgage to restructure debts- not pay any new money to the party in whose name the house existed. 
Peter Gibson LJ: Though overreaching is an important doctrine, the current law gives too little protection to parties with beneficial interests. Hence he supports LC’s idea that a conveyance should not overreach the interest of a sui juris beneficiary in occupation unless he gives his consent.

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