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Squatter's Rights

Volume 622: debated on Wednesday 21 February 2001

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they have any plans to reform the law on squatters' rights. [HL650]

In relation to registered land, the Law Commission and HM Land Registry published a consultative document Land Registration for the Twenty-First Century (Law Commission No. 254) in 1998. The document included proposals to reform the law of adverse possession. They intend to publish their recommendations in a report in early summer. The Government will consider the report and will introduce legislation to implement those recommendations it accepts when parliamentary time allows. There are no plans to reform the law of adverse possession in relation to unregistered land.