Squatters Rights abolished in LRA 2002? I was of the impression that pre-LRA2002 APers, after 12 years of Adverse Possession, applied for "Possessory Title" and then after another 12 years of AP applied for an upgrade to Absolute Title. Then in LRA 2002 this changed to
Unregistered Land: The APer applied directly for Absolute Title after min 12 years.
Registered Land: After min 10 years, upon receiving an application for registration from an APer, the LR writes to the registered owner and gives them 2 yeras to regain possession. If the APer is still in possession of the land after a further min. 2 years, then the APer will be accorded Absolute Title.
I was informed that applications directly for "possessory title" ("squatter's rights") was abolished in LRA2002. The LR prefer that anyone who has aquired sufficient interest in a property apply for absolute tile. Either they do or don't own the land. This is more in accordance with the Limitations Act 1980. The LR only accord Possessory Title in exceptional circumstances, where the APer has applied for Absolute Title but not quite succeeded in persuading / proving to the LR that they have clearly been in AP of that property for the requisite 12 years - it is a way for the LR, in these last remaining narrow cicymstances, to recognise the applicants possession of the property, without the LR having to vouch for (potentially compensate owners for) a recognition of ownership. Is my understanding of the situation correct? Please can you annotate this answer with YES, NO, or COMMENTS Thanks Andrew