Does it matter how long a boundary has been in the wrong place?

The vast majority of boundaries in England and Wales as shown on Land Registry title plans are only ‘general boundaries’. This is due to the complexity of mapping boundaries and the sheer number of them. The Land Registry can be asked to determine a boundary and as part of this one of the factors which could be considered is how long the boundary feature has been in place.  

Where you are not the owner of the registered land but you have been in ‘adverse possession’ for a period of 10+ years you may be able to claim title to the land if you can prove that you have factual possession of the land, with the necessary intention to possess and did not have the owner’s consent.

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