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Land Registration Act 2002


271.The purpose of paragraph 12 is that where there are successive interests, adverse possession by a squatter should not prejudice the rights of beneficiaries who are not yet entitled in possession.

272.The operation of paragraph 12 can best be illustrated by an example:

  • Land is held on trust for A for life, thereafter for B for life, thereafter for C absolutely. S, a squatter, goes into adverse possession of the land during A’s lifetime and remains there. For as long as either A or B is alive, S will be unable to apply to be registered as proprietor of the land under paragraph 1. Indeed, it is only ten years after C’s interest has fallen into possession that S can make such an application. This is because S is not regarded as being in adverse possession until C, the remainderman, becomes entitled to the land.

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