Quick guide to common time limits for property disputes lawyers

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  • Quick guide to common time limits for property disputes lawyers

Quick guide to common time limits for property disputes lawyers

This Practice Note details the deadlines for carrying out some of the more common tasks for property disputes lawyers, together with links to further information. It is not an exhaustive list of the deadlines that might apply to each area mentioned, and gives only brief details. Reference should be made to the further information for full details of the law and practice in each case.

For further information on limitation periods generally, see Practice Notes: Limitation—the principal limitation periods and Limitation Act 1980—general application.

Step requiredTime limitReferenceFurther information
Limitation periods for common court proceedings
Court proceedings for recovery of rent (including sums reserved as rent)Six years from date on which arrears became duesection 19 of the Limitation Act 1980 (LA 1980)See Practice Note: Recovering rent arrears.
Court proceedings for breach of lease other than non-payment of rent12 years if lease made by deed; otherwise six yearsLA 1980, ss 5 and 8See Practice Note: Quick guide to landlord’s remedies for breach of lease.
Claim for possession of unregistered land (and registered land where squatter had been in possession for 12 years before 13 October 2003)12 yearsLA 1980, s 15See Practice Note: Claiming title by adverse possession under the Limitation Act 1980 or the Land Registration Act 1925.
Claim for possession of registered land
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