Yes I am looking to acquire the land and yes its outside of boundary. We had always thought that the land was part of our freehold but land registry surveyed and confirmed this was not the case. We then found out the owners of the land, a bank, went bankrupt some years ago and the assets were liquidated. I spoke to the liquidators Price Waterhouse Cooper who confirmed the land was part of a sale at auction and tracjked down the "owners" through the auctioneers who were very helpful. I contacted the "owners" who initially thought it was their land as they own many ransome strips on our estate. A search with their legal people confirmed they purchased the lot at auction however they do not have the title deeds as expected to this very small piece of land. The "owners" believe their legal people made a mistake with the title deeds from the auction and I have therefore come up against a brick wall. A land solicitor believes its reverted to The Crown who would not necessarily know they own it and therefore chances of purchasing are almost non existent but would welcome your advise
Yes weve been maintaining the land since we purchased the property as a new build some 28 years ago at that time in this area it wasn't a requirement to register individual properties no it isn't fenced in hence the land registry survey at solicitors advise. Lang Registry told us it wasn't part of our freehold then I found out the info about the bankruptcy etc. Where I am now is Im led to believe because of the mess up with the title deeds for the sale of several dozen of these ransom strips the land is unregistered and has reverted to Crown but no way of actually confirming this
Yes weve maintained the land for 28 years since buying property as a new build. At that time in this area there was no requirement to register land. We thought it was ours but on applying for building consent and having to submit plan of property we found out this piece of land didn't form part of our freehold. We were advise by a solicitor to get Land Registry to survey it, they confirmed it wasn't our freehold because it wasn't fenced although on our estate there is a clause in the deeds saying gardens have to be open plan and many others in the street are. We then went down the route of the bankruptcy etc
Im off to bed too BUT I have already as described made a claim for possessory title which has been refused. Have used the land and want to continue using the Land. We also have rather unpleasant neighbours who have already alerted the Town Council to the fact that we use the land and have asked for proof that we own it which ofcourse we cannot provide however neither can they prove we don't own it.
So where do we stand?
Not right now thanks reallyappreciate your advice so far