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You do not need to worry.
In order to make a claim for possession of the land he needs to have 10 years exclusive access and then make an application to the land registry for possession.
The land registry will notify the owner (you) to see if you object to him having the land as his own
I assume you would so do object.
His application for possession then fails
So you have nothing to be concerned about as you can object to him having the land and there is nothing he can do
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
So the fact that hge's using it as sort of agricultural land (the chickens) makes no difference? Some friends had suggested that might mean that he would be able to make an earlier claim to it.
Makes no difference whatsoever.
The law says that he must have possession excluding all others for at least 10 years
And that's because it's specifically my garden, so registered to me with the deeds?
Can I clarify anything?
Finally....I know this may be a difficult one for you to answer. As he has now put a building up on the land that I didn't give permission for, would it probably be best to ask him to remove himself and his building to his own land, or could I charge rent for the use of the building, asI didn't give him permission to put up the building nor to pull the old summerhouse down.
Well you can't charge for use of the building because you dont own that - you own the land.
So you can charge rent or make him take it down
Very last thing - the fact that the land was overgrown still makes no difference to any claims he might have?
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