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i've had an adverse interest in a derelict property for over a decade but recently an estate agent has erected a for sale sign. what legal or equitable interest in the property does the estate agent have if any in this matter? is it a better title than my squatters rights over the years?
many thanks
shane

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    The estate agent doesn't, but the building owners who the estate agents are acting for do.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Erm, somebody legally owns the building and wish to sell it. Because of this they have instructed an estate agent to try and sell it on their behalf. The agent has no legal right over the property unless they've also been instructed by the legal owner to manage the property on their behalf as well.

    Unless you can prove you have lived in the property continuously for over 12 years you have no right to reside in the property. The owner can apply for a court posession order and once granted you can be forcibly evicted by bailiffs after 24 hours. The entire process will normally take a couple of weeks but can be quicker or longer depending on the area.

    If the building is owned by a private firm or landlord you can be expected to be turfed out quicker than if it's owned by a council or housing association.


    It's worth pointing out however that you can only claim adverse posession of a property if you registered your living there with the land registry, otherwise it doesn't count.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Whowhere wrote: »

    It's worth pointing out however that you can only claim adverse posession of a property if you registered your living there with the land registry, otherwise it doesn't count.

    are you certain about this? i must register a possessory interest? sure not the land registry but a court instead?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    From what I read it is the land registry. You still have to prove that you have lived in the property continuously for over 12 years, and even then you don't automatically have rights to live there if the property owner disputes your claim.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Hey there,

    It seems like you have a tricky situation regarding adverse possession or 'squatters rights'.

    Squatting itself is not a criminal offence. If a squatter is in residence then the landlord or property owner cannot force their way back into the property. They have to follow the correct legal procedures to evict the 'tenant'.

    If it is possible, try to find out who the landlord or owner is and find out what they want to do with the property. They obviously wish to sell it in this case as the estate agents have erected a for sale sign. You could even contact them to find out what is going on.

    It is important to note that squatters are easy to evict. But if they have lived in the property for more than 12 years then they can effectively say it is theirs.

    You may like to read Shelter's article on Squatting and theSite's article on Squatting for more information.

    Furthermore, you can contact the Advisory Service for Squatters; by phone on 020 3216 0099 or by email on [email protected].

    If you wish to, you can seek legal advice. Try the Community Legal Advice website where you can search for advisers in your local area.

    Hope this helps. :)
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