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If you have fenced off and fully secured a piece of

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If you have fenced off and fully secured a piece of unregistered land with a view to gaining title by adverse possession, what legal protection, if any, do you have against any person breaking into this secure property

1. Dear *****, if someone trespasses upon a squatter's title, then you may seek to have them ejected. However, if someone takes possession against your interest, you have no legal recourse. This is because you have no better title than the possession you have. Once your possession ends, your ability to exclude anyone ends as well. Instead, if you seek to re-enter, you become a trespasser and the person possessing the land can now eject you, on the basis you are a trespasser. This is why legal title is so important.

2. So, until you get a possessory title in the Land Registry or absolute title, you need to securely fence off the land and prevent all people trespassing on it. In particular, you need to ensure someone does not come in a deprive you of possession. If you lose possession, you have to re-start the necessary 11 years for adverse possession again. It is for this reason you have to keep out all comers.

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