Isabella had a very successful career as a vet, and when she retired, she decided to buy a farm in Somerset. Title to the farm was already registered. She bought the farm on 8 August 2017 from Diana who wanted to move to London. Title to the property had been registered in Diana’s sole name.
After moving in, Isabella was concerned to discover the following:
1. Her neighbour, Harry, told her that Diana agreed in writing with Harry on 5 December 2016 that Harry could use a track along one of Diana’s fields to reach the local sports centre. Isabella is opposed to Harry having an easement over her land.
2. Diana’s sister, Anna, had contributed 25% of the purchase price when Diana had bought the property, and an express trust had been drawn up confirming Anna’s interest. Anna had been living in a converted barn in one of the fields, but was working overseas for three months at the time of the sale. Anna claims that she has a right to live in the converted barn.
3. Diana had entered into a lease of the upper floor of the main building to Jamil on 22 June 2017. The lease was to commence on 4 October 2017 when Jamil was moving to Somerset to start a new job as a software developer for a local IT firm.
4. Diana had given an option to purchase the farm to Peter in March 2017. Peter now wishes to buy the property.
Advise Isabella what interests are binding on her.