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Land Law ConcentrateLaw Revision and Study Guide

Land Law Concentrate: Law Revision and Study Guide (8th edn)

Victoria Sayles
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date: 30 May 2023

p. 1158. Adverse possessionlocked

p. 1158. Adverse possessionlocked

  • Victoria SaylesVictoria SaylesVisiting Lecturer, BPP and University of Law


Each Concentrate revision guide is packed with essential information, key cases, revision tips, exam Q&As, and more. Concentrates show you what to expect in a law exam, what examiners are looking for, and how to achieve extra marks. 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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