Adverse possession

adverse possession

Adverse possession is a way to obtain ownership of land.  Please click for our Background note on Adverse possession law.

Questions we can help with include:

• What limitations apply when land is registered on the Land Register? 

• What does “possession” actually mean for these purposes?

•  How long does possession have to last? 

• Is it necessary to fence land off in order to claim adverse possession? 

• How can the true owner of land stop someone else obtaining title to it by adverse possession?

• Does the law on adverse possession apply to all land in England and Wales?

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Other pages which may help you: Boundaries, Ransom strips, Restrictive covenants.

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