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Ownership in limbo

9 September 2004

Someone discovers he has the title deeds for the land around his parents' semi-detached bungalow, but none for the property, leaving his ownership in limbo. It therefore appears that as far as the Land Registry is concerned the building still belongs to the previous owners. He feels the solicitor who acted for his parents was negligent.

Quite right, agrees David Fleming, who suggests that he apply for what is known as a "possessory title" on the grounds that he and his parents have enjoyed exclusive possession for 12 years, and after another 12 years it can be upgraded to a full title. Meanwhile, a solicitor who is experienced in bringing negligence actions should also be consulted.

Article on The Telegraph

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