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I have inherited a garage that my father built on council

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Hi i have inherited a garage that my father built on council land over 50 years ago,how do i know if this property now belongs to me and my siblings?
JA: What steps have been taken so far? Has any paperwork been prepared or filed?
Customer: No nothing done yet as we are still clearing out the house,we have not come across any deeds,we have found papers of consent from council for my father to build the garage
JA: Where is the land located?
Customer: Bray Co Wicklow
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Customer: No thank you

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1. Because the land on which the garage built is owned by the Council, you need to do an application for first registration of the land on which the garage sits so you may come to own the property in its entirety, because, at the moment, your family essentially own a garage built on someone else's land. So, you should take the case to a solicitor and get the solicitor to make an application for first registration in the Property Registration Authority (formerly Land Registry). Firstly, your solicitor should seek to negotiate with the Council to see if they would sell you this land, as you have squatter's rights to it, at a low value so you might be able to regularise the situation with their assistance. However, if the Council is not amenable to assisting you in this regard, you essentially have to make a first registration application, based on long user and squatter's rights to the land on which the garage sits, for over 50 years, in order to get ownership of the land on which the garage sits.

2. These applications for first registration normally take time - over a year - so you need to be patient. If there is a particularly serious dispute with the Council, in which they threaten litigation, you might have to engage in court proceedings to establish your title. However, the more likely course is that you will gain a possessory title which will give you the right to use the land. But there is nothing certain about this happening. That is why an agreement with the Council would be the best outcome.

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Buachaill, Barrister
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