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(p. 113) 8. Adverse possession 

(p. 113) 8. Adverse possession
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(p. 113) 8. Adverse possession
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Victoria Sayles

DOI:
10.1093/he/9780198703815.003.0330
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date: 21 October 2017

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This chapter discusses the concept of adverse possession. An owner of an estate in land (paper owner) is under no obligation to make use of that land ; mere neglect will not end ownership. However, where that land is adversely possessed by another for the required period, the paper owner will lose his title to the land. Through his acts of adverse possession, the adverse possessor acquires a better title to the land than the paper owner. This is so even if such acts stem from an initial wrong, such as a trespass.

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