adverse possession

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adverse possession

n
(Law) property law the occupation or possession of land by a person not legally entitled to it. If continued unopposed for a period specifed by law, such occupation extinguishes the title of the rightful owner
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A MAN who has lived all his life in a run-down house is not entitled to squatters' rights over the property, the High Court ruled.
He left court to re-join a peaceful demonstration by supporters of squatters' rights.
In a circular sent to judges, courts and the police, the Ministry of Justice confirmed that what are commonly known as Squatters' Rights - preventing forcible entry to an occupied building - would become redundant, in relation to residential premises.
The law surrounding squatters' rights changed in 2003 but it was always felt amongst homeowners, especially landlords, that the change was not watertight.
uk Staff suspected we were claiming squatters' rights until, with dusk falling, we made a decision.
There are a few other food stuffs that have taken up squatters' rights but it's basically yoghurt.
SQUATTERS face up to six months in prison now so-called squatters' rights have been scrapped and it has become a criminal offence in England and Wales.
SQUATTERS will face up to six months in prison and so-called squatters' rights scrapped as it becomes a criminal offence in England and Wales today.
The rules which come into force on Saturday also bring an end to so-called squatters' rights.
They reacted with fury to the police 1presence claiming their squatters' rights were being ignored.
There could be a number of reasons: Someone is claiming adverse possession, that is to say squatters' rights, over my property.