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Explain “Habendum”. What does a Habendum clause signify in a document?

Avatar 37a3bd7bc7328f0ead2c0f6f635dddf60615e676e6b4ddf964144012e529de45 Uma asked about 3 years ago

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Avatar 37a3bd7bc7328f0ead2c0f6f635dddf60615e676e6b4ddf964144012e529de45 narahari answered almost 3 years ago

Habendum is a part of deed which states the interest, the purchaser is to take in the property. Habendum clause starts with the words “THE HAVE AND TO HOLD”. Formerly in England if there was a gratuitous transfer, the transferee was not deemed to be the owner of the beneficial estate in the property, the equitable estate wherein remained with the transferor as a resulting trust for him. It was therefore, necessary to indicate in the deed that it was being transferred for the use of the transferee if it was intended to confer an equitable estate in him. It was for that reason that the habendum commenced with the words: “to have to hold to the use of………..”.

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Avatar 37a3bd7bc7328f0ead2c0f6f635dddf60615e676e6b4ddf964144012e529de45 lochan answered about 3 years ago

**HABENDUM** Habendum is a part of deed which states the interest, the purchaser is to take in the property. Habendum clause starts with the words “THE HAVE AND TO HOLD”. Formerly in England if there was a gratuitous transfer, the transferee was not deemed to be the owner of the beneficial estate in the property, the equitable estate wherein remained with the transferor as a resulting trust for him. It was therefore, necessary to indicate in the deed that it was being transferred for the use of the transferee if it was intended to confer an equitable estate in him. It was for that reason that the habendum commenced with the words: “to have to hold to the use of………..”. Now it is not necessary to express it so. In the modern deeds, however, the expression “to have and” are omitted. The habendum limits the estate mentioned in the parcels. The transferee is mentioned again in the habendum for whose use the estate is conveyed. Whatever precedes the habendum is called the premises. The parcels or the description of the property usually again included in the premises. If the property conveyed in encumbered, reference thereto should be made in the habendum. If the parties to transfer enter into covenants, they should be entered after the habendum. In India such phrases as “to have and to hold” or such an expression as “to the use of the purchaser” can very well be avoided as in cases except those of voluntary transfers such an expression is superfluous. Thanks

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