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Is there a challenge to this claim?
Just let me get the facts straight here.
The council owned this land for many years but didn’t use it and only registered it in 1996.
You use the land between 1977 and 1989 but for some reason you only major application for adverse possession in 2014.
Is that the situation?
As the local authority opposed your application?
Did you use the land and treated as your own, to the exclusion of all others and if so, what proof do you have of that.
What happened to the land between 1989 and now?
Whereas before I was just a bit confused, now I’m completely confused.
Are you saying that the council have registered the land in 1996 on the basis of adverse possession? If not, on what basis?
You said that you use the land up until 1989. What happened after that.
I don’t understand what you mean when you say the dates are evidenced they didn’t occupy the land.
I don’t understand what you mean in the last sentence about Romford Housing Association and Home Zone.
I don’t actually know what you are appealing against.
I need the full background in detail please.
I am fully aware of the 12 year period for adverse possession of unregistered land.
What is problematical for you is the fact that you have waited 29 years to register your adverse possession claim and meanwhile there was another claim for adverse possession and several changes of ownership since then.
Whether your appeal to the Land Tribunal is successful enough will depend on how they view the 29 years delay and what evidence there is of your adverse possession from 1977 to 1989 and the local authority adverse possession from 1984 to 1996.
It is apparent that they must have approved to the satisfaction of the land registry that they had occupied the land and treated it as their own for the requisite number of years.
What you haven’t mentioned is why you didn’t apply to register this 29 years ago.
This 29 year delay is really important because there is a legal maxim, “equity will not suffer delay” and the 29 year delay could well be enough to defeat any claim that you bring even if your claim is legitimate.