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Advice: Local farmer is using my dead neighbour's land. Can he claim squatter's rights?

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Many complex land ownership issues come before the courts

Many complex land ownership issues come before the courts

Many complex land ownership issues come before the courts

Q. I have noticed that since the death of a local elderly farmer, a neighbour has been using his land as if it were his own and recently put up a fence around it. I know the neighbour has not inherited the land but I don't know who has as the elderly man had no children or family that I know of. Will the farmer using the land be able to claim squatter's rights?

A Each year many cases appear before the Courts in an effort to untangle complex land ownership issues, of these many issues, adverse possession also referred to as squatter's rights is just one.The topic of adverse possession is always a contentious one as it inevitably involves the dispossession of a land owner of at least some of his/her lands. It often arises between neighbours and can relate to small pieces of lands/boundaries as well as including an entire farm.

A squatter is a person who unlawfully inhabits an uninhabited house or unused lands.


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