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Claiming Unused Land.

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 02:39 PM

Okay so I have quite a large proportion of unused land adjacent to my property. It's never been used for anything really and is made up of overgrown grass, weeds, brambles etc. I've been looking into the possibility of claiming the land as my own, after speaking to a colleague, he seems to be of the impression that all I have to do is put a fence around it and keep it up for 12 years and the land then becomes mine. It can't be as easy and cheap as that though surely? Anyone got any advice or had any experience in doing this before?

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 07:45 PM

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 09:41 PM

Adverse possession, a family member just finished doing exactly the same thing recently. How complicated it is depends on who else tries to claim it.

You'll need a solicitor do do land registry searches, post notices and then take it to the registrar to get sorted. It s a few grands worth of work.

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 03:28 PM

Hmm interesting read Wu thanks. I thought just putting a fence around it seemed a bit too easy. I'd hazard a guess the land is unregistered, plus I don't think anyone else (apart from perhaps the council or if the land is registered) would be able to stake a claim to it. House is the end plot on the end of the street, no houses directly behind either.

I wouldn't mind having to pay a few grand in aquiring it either tbf. The amount of space there would easily diminish it.

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 03:43 PM

Are you on a estate? Might find the developers still own it.

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 07:51 PM

The house is an ex council house so I'm assuming the land is either unregistered or belongs to the council, in which case would be no loss to them as such, due to the way they have left it.

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