The process of acquiring land through adverse possession is where a person who is not the legal owner of land can become the legal owner by having possession of it for a specified period of time. There are two procedures by which adverse possession may be claimed. Under the ‘old rules’ which apply to both…

When purchasing a property, searches are an important part of the transaction. Searches give the purchaser and lender, if appropriate, further information about that property and the surrounding area.  There are three main searches that conveyancers tend to obtain on a purchase, these are: environmental search, water and drainage search and local search. Below, I…

Historically, buyers involved in purchasing a property would finance the same with a deposit from their own savings and a mortgage supplied by a lender who were traditional banks and/or building societies. In recent years a more common feature is when purchasers are given financial assistance by their parents and/or other family members due to…

The traditional system of conveyancing of unregistered land has been in existence for centuries, although it was overhauled by the Law Property Act 1925 (this was accompanied initially by the Land Registration Act 1925, which fully put into place the reforming system of land registration. This was continued by the Land Registration Act 2002).  The…

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