adverse possession

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adverse possession

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(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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During attempts to seize the land, which included Robson's house and another site which had a block of six flats in the downtown Upper Hill area near Nairobi Hospital, various groups tried to claim 'squatters rights'.
His lawyers argued successfully that because Harry had lived on the land for more than 12 years he had acquired squatters rights to the wooded 7,000 sq ft site and the ramshackle brick lean-to within it, and that he therefore owned it.
New lands are being thrown open by the government right along, as fast as surveys can be made, but the surveyors cannot keep pace with the incoming settlers and there seems every reason to believe that there will be thousands of settlers who will go into the unsurveyed country this summer and take up the favored locations under squatters rights.
"It has never been legal for someone to move into an occupied property and claim 'squatters rights' and it has always been possible to remove unlawful occupants from a property in these circumstances.
He sought adverse possession - or squatters rights - so his name could go on the deeds and enable pounds 70,000 worth of repairs to be carried out.
The group, part of the Occupy Cardiff movement, have claimed squatters rights and vowed to remain in the old Inland Revenue building on Westgate Street "indefinitely".
The people, who live in caravans in the council owned car park on Connaughton Road in Sligo town, have earned squatters rights as they have lived there for so long.