Squatters Rights

‘Squatters rights’ refers to the right of anyone occupying land and buildings not to be ejected except by due legal process. This means that if the true owner, or someone who is legally entitled to occupation, wants to obtain possession lawfully then they will usually have to obtain a Court order against any squatters.

A squatter is generally considered as more than a mere trespasser who has just entered someone else’s land temporarily, but there is no precise definition of the term. It has been widely used by the Courts in reference to occupiers who are resisting a possession claim on the grounds that they have been in adverse possession of property and for over 12 years and that the claim is therefore statute barred under the Limitation Act 1980.

Squatters may be able to acquire possessory title, and also to become the registered proprietor of property in place of the registered owner.