A much-used term for adverse possession is ‘squatting’.
Applications for adverse possession can be very complex with strict requirements to be met and, in particular, time limits for objections to be logged and actions implemented.
Where the title to the land is registered with the Land Registry, the squatter must show occupation for at least 10 years before it can apply to the Land Registry to become the legal owner. They will then notify the owner who has three months to raise an objection. Once the objection is raised, the owner has two years to evict the squatter.
If the owner fails to do this, the squatter may apply again to the Land Registry. At this time the Land Registry will not notify the legal owner and the squatter will be registered as the legal owner.
If land is not registered, then the squatter must show that they have occupied the land for 12 years before applying to become the legal owner.
GA’s experienced property litigation team has considerable experience in acting for landowners to secure adverse possession, as well as acting for those claiming adverse possession in relation to registered and unregistered land.