The following Property guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
This is one of four Lexis PSL Practice Notes on adverse possession. The others are:
Establishing adverse possession of land
Claiming title by adverse possession under the Limitation Act 1980 or the Land Registration Act 1925
Adverse possession and leases
The Land Registration Act 2002 (LRA 2002) came into force on 13 October 2003. It wholly repeals the Land Registration Act 1925 (LRA 1925), but subject to transitional provisions. It is these transitional provisions which preserve the old regime for claiming title by way of adverse possession in relation to:
unregistered land, and
registered land where the right to be registered was acquired before 13 October 2003
For more information on the old regime, see our Practice Note: Claiming title by adverse possession under the Limitation Act 1980 or the Land Registration Act 1925.
LRA 2002 introduces an entirely different regime for claiming title by way of adverse possession in relation to registered land where any part of the required period of possession falls on or after 13 October 2003. An explanation of the ‘required period of possession’ is contained in our Practice Note: Establishing adverse possession of land.
The new regime abandons the concept of a person (referred to in this Practice Note as ‘the squatter’) acquiring title after having been
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