Which space are the other residents claiming as theirs - the land on which the sheds and log storage are built or the sheds and log store themselves?
The land is communal and owned by all residents. The sheds and store are yours. However, to build the sheds and store on communal land would require the consent and agreement of the other residents.
Are the owners preventing you from using the sheds/store or the communal land itself?
Are you able to provide further information?
Who of the other residents has access/use of the sheds/store?
Do you know who built the sheds/store?
I would say that the family solicitor is incorrect. one may acquire a right by doing a particular thing over land for a continuous period of 20 years. so maybe she and the others have acquired the right to keep a shed on the land.
Potentially there could be an argument that they own the parcel of land their sheds sit on. But to argue adverse possession they would have establish an Intention to possess to the detriment and exclusion of the legal owner. I will assume here that the land is registered and as such such intention and possession must proceed uninterrupted for a period of 10 years. I think this is difficult to establish given that they are the owner already and have knowledge that it is communal and owned jointly with 6 others.
It could be difficult to do something about the sheds.
The washing lines/brollies themselves are private property belonging to the owner. Why have these been placed outside your property? Do they affect access?
Are there any entries in the registers of title relating to the use of the common land? You mentioned that it is a drying area, does the title deeds say anything else?
Rights are established over a 20 year period. Possession can be obtained over a 10 year period.
They can probably claim a right to keep a shed and access it due to the length of time this has been going on for. As to acquiring possession i think this is more difficult to prove as there is specific criteria to satisfy.
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