When does land become someone else property

When does land become someone else property

Postby onthetiles » Wed Mar 09, 2005 1:44 pm

I am aware that if a person builds on another persons property the (Build person) can claim Ownership and the orignal owner would lose these rights....... ( say if they take a piece of their garden or somthing)

Does any one know the period of time, is it 7 years....?

Im asking on behalf of a friend whose neighbour has build has onto about a foot of their land
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Re: When does land become someone else property

Postby Maverick.uk » Thu Mar 10, 2005 1:45 pm

Hmm, trying to interpret what you have posted but in geenral it comes under adverse possession. The time for this is 12years for unregistered property and 10 years for registered property.


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Postby gardenlaw » Fri Mar 11, 2005 7:06 pm

It is not quite so simple. Everything depends on circumstances. If someone builds partly onto someone elses land and that person knows it but does not object then the builder can probably never become an owner but the owner loses the right to take court proceedings for trespass.

If someone uses land without permission from the owner, without paying anything and without objection and 12 years such user can be proved prior to 1st December 2003 it may be worth applying to the Land Registry for possessory title. It could be worthwhile looking into indemnity insurance via a solicitor instead.

The new Land Registry Rules make it much more difficult.
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Postby MattFlemingUK » Mon Mar 21, 2005 3:03 pm

For adverse possession, does the squatter have to be in possession for consecutive years or can he/she inherit the time??

For example..... "Mr X moves into a property where his boundaries are bigger than the title plan suggests. He has been told they have been like that for 7 years. Does that mean Mr X can legally apply to register the land in his name after just 3 years or must he serve 10 consecutive years himself??"

Make sense???? :?:
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