You will no doubt have heard the old saying that ‘possession is nine tenths of the law.’ Although not strictly true, the law relating to adverse possession comes quite close to this.
Simply put, adverse possession allows an individual to claim certain rights to a property or land because they have been using it constantly, within certain parameters, for a period of time.
Examples include continuous use of a private road or driveway or a long-term squatter who has been living in a property.
It may be possible, after the relevant time requirement has passed, to apply to the Land Registry for you to become registered as the legal owner.
The rules relating to adverse possession can be complex and there are many ways that a claim can be defeated.
If you intend to apply for adverse possession or if, alternatively, you wish to challenge an application, it is important to seek expert legal advice.