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Land Law

Land Law (2nd edn)

Chris Bevan
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date: 31 March 2023

p. 1344. Adverse Possessionlocked

p. 1344. Adverse Possessionlocked

  • Chris BevanChris BevanAssociate Professor in Property Law, Durham University


This chapter explores the law of adverse possession which exists as an exception to position that interests in land can only be created when formality requirements are met. A claim to adverse possession is a claim brought by a trespasser or squatter who has been in possession of another’s land for a long period of time. If successful, the trespasser or squatter may become the legal owner of that land. The chapter discusses the justifications for adverse possession; the requirements that must be satisfied to establish a claim to adverse possession and the effect of adverse possession on the original landowner.

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