Adverse Possession is where someone occupies land that belongs to someone else without their permission. The person occupying the land that is not theirs is often referred to as being “a squatter”.
Where such land has been continuously occupied for a long period of time (normally 10 or 12 years depending on whether the land is registered or unregistered at the Land Registry) then, provided all of the relevant criteria is met, an application can be made to become the legal owner of the land.
The procedure is complex and therefore if is important that your solicitor understands the relevant criteria and evidence that would need to apply to make a claim for adverse possession.
Whether you are looking to make an adverse possession claim or have a squatter occupying property that you own here at Butcher & Barlow we have the specialist knowledge and the experience to deal with your matter.