Adverse possession of registered land—statements of truth and statutory declarations
Adverse possession of registered land—statements of truth and statutory declarations

The following Property guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Adverse possession of registered land—statements of truth and statutory declarations
  • Requirements
  • Statement of truth signed by an individual who is unable to read
  • Statement of truth made by an individual who is unable to sign it
  • Signature by a conveyancer

HM Land Registry Practice Guide 4 on adverse possession confirms statements of truth can be used as evidence in support of an application for adverse possession. After changes made by the Land Registration (Amendment) Rules 2008, they are acceptable evidence for land registration purposes instead of a statutory declaration.

Requirements

For the purposes of land registration a statement of truth must:

  1. be made by an individual in writing

  2. be signed by the person who wrote it (unless they cannot sign, in which case see paragraph below)

  3. not be sworn or witnessed

  4. contain a declaration of truth stating 'I believe that the facts and matters contained in this sta