Redemption of Annuities Act 1909


Redemption of Annuities Act 1909


1.Short title1


3.Judge may order redemption of annuity on surrender value being ascertained and paid2


Compilation table4

Defined terms


Redemption of Annuities Act 1909

An Act for the redemption of annuities charged on or issuing out of land.

1.Short title

This Act may be cited as the Redemption of Annuities Act 1909 1.


In this Act the following terms have the meanings set against them respectively: — 

Annuitant means and includes not only the proprietor of an annuity or charge, but also any person, corporation, religious or charitable body or organization entitled (whether as trustee, committee, guardian, or otherwise) to receive and give receipts for any moneys payable from time to time in respect of an annuity.

Annuity means any sum of money payable periodically and charged on or issuing out of land, for a period exceeding a life or lives in being, and shall include any quit rent, chief rent, and rent charge; but does not mean or include a rent reserved on a sale or lease, or a rent made payable under a grant or licence for building purposes, or any sum or payment issuing out of or charged on land not being perpetual.

Judge means a Judge of the Supreme Court.

Land includes land of any tenure, and tenements and hereditaments, corporeal or incorporeal, and houses and other buildings, also an undivided share in land.

Owner means the owner or proprietor whether in possession, remainder, reversion, or otherwise, either at law or in equity of land, and includes the donee of a power to appoint or dispose of the same, a trustee for sale of the fee simple, and the guardian of any infant or the committee of the estate of any lunatic or person of unsound mind lawfully appointed.

Registrar means and includes the Registrar of Titles, and the Registrar of Deeds and Transfers, and any assistant or acting Registrar respectively.

[Section 2 amended: No. 60 of 2006 s. 149; No. 47 of 2011 s. 16.]

3.Judge may order redemption of annuity on surrender value being ascertained and paid

The owner of any land may require an annuitant to surrender any annuity issuing out of or charged on the land, and to discharge the land therefrom, on the following conditions: — 

(1)The owner shall take out an originating summons returnable before a Judge in Chambers for an order directing that the cash surrender value of such annuity be ascertained, and that on payment of such value the annuity be redeemed and the land discharged therefrom. Such summons shall be served in such manner and time and on such persons as a Judge may direct.

(2)On the hearing of such summons a Judge may dismiss the same, or fix the valuation, or direct the same to be ascertained by the Master of the Court or an actuary, accountant, or other qualified person, and may make such other order as to the Judge seems meet. The value so fixed or ascertained shall be paid to such person or persons, or into Court to abide further order, as the Judge may direct. Every such order shall contain full particulars of the land affected.

(3)On payment of the valuation so fixed or ascertained within the time and in manner directed in the order, or any extension thereof, the annuity shall be redeemed, and upon production to the Registrar of an office copy of such order, together with a receipt from the person or persons to whom the valuation is payable, the Registrar shall make an entry in the Register within the meaning of the Transfer of Land Act 1893 stating the time at which it was made, and that such annuity is discharged, and the land shall thereupon be freed and discharged from the annuity.

(4)By consent of the annuitant the Judge may direct the redemption of part only of the annuity or the discharge (with or without redemption in whole or in part) of any of the land subject to the annuity.

(5)To ensure the due performance of the trusts under which the annuity was created the Judge in any such order shall give directions for securing the investment of the amount of such valuation and the application of the income thereof.

(6)A Judge in Chambers may from time to time vary alter or amend any order heretofore or hereafter made under this Act.

[Section 3 amended: No. 48 of 1944 s. 2; No. 81 of 1996 s. 153(1).]



1This is a compilation of the Redemption of Annuities Act 1909 and includes the amendments made by the other written laws referred to in the following table. The table also contains information about any reprint.

Compilation table

Short title

Number and year



Redemption of Annuities Act 1909

34 of 1909

4 Dec 1909

4 Dec 1909

Redemption of Annuities Act Amendment Act 1944

48 of 1944

24 Jan 1945

24 Jan 1945

Transfer of Land Amendment Act 1996 s. 153(1)

81 of 1996

14 Nov 1996

14 Nov 1996 (see s. 2(1))

Reprint 1: The Redemption of Annuities Act 1909 as at 4 Mar 2005 (includes amendments listed above)

Land Information Authority Act 2006 s. 149

60 of 2006

16 Nov 2006

1 Jan 2007 (see s. 2(1) and Gazette 8 Dec 2006 p. 5369)

Statutes (Repeals and Minor Amendments) Act 2011 s. 16

47 of 2011

25 Oct 2011

26 Oct 2011 (see s. 2(b))



Defined terms


[This is a list of terms defined and the provisions where they are defined. The list is not part of the law.]

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