Definition

Adverse possession (Ro.: prescripție achizitivă/ uzucapiune, De.: ~e Ersitzung/ ~eUsukapion, Fr.: possession adversative, n.f./ prescription acquisitive, n.f., Cz.: neoprávněná držba, Gr.: χρησικτησία) (See also: easement, homesteading, prescription, sovereignty transfer, Squatter’s rights) = possession inconsistent with the right of the true owner and without lawful title, with the effect that at the end of the prescribed period both the remedy and the title of the former owner are extinguished.

 

Useful links

Legislation

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/Geo5/15-16/20 - Law of Property Act 1925, UK [English]

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1980/58 - Limitation Act 1980, ss. 15 and 75, schedule I, s. 8, UK [English]

http://law.onecle.com/california/civil-procedure/323.html - California Code of Civil Procedure, Section 323, USA [English]

http://legislatie.just.ro/Public/DetaliiDocument/109884 - Civil Code, Art. 930-940, Romania [Romanian]

http://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichCode.do;jsessionid=887CEF8FC7027EF2D93D1B6D6F627211.tpdjo02v_2?idSectionTA=LEGISCTA000019017151&cidTexte=LEGITEXT000006070721&dateTexte=20141214 – Code Civil, Art. 2258-2277, France [French]

http://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/bgb/__937.html – BGB, §§ 937–945, Germany [German]

http://ccq.lexum.com/ccq/en#!fragment/sec2910 - Civil code of Quebec, Section 2904- 2920, Canada [English]

Articles 1041-1055 of the Greek Civil Code [Greek]

Case Law

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200102/ldjudgmt/jd020704/graham-1.htm - JA Pye (Oxford) Ltd. v. Graham, House of Lords, 2003 

https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/497/376/case.html - Georgia v. South Carolina 497 U.S. 376, 1990

http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/1989/11.html - Buckinghamshire County Council v. Moran, Court of Appeal (Civil Division), 1990

http://hudoc.echr.coe.int/sites/eng/pages/search.aspx?i=003-2082547-2205687 - J.A. Pye (Oxford) Ltd. & J.A. Pye (Oxford) Land Ltd. v. United Kingdom, ECtHR, 2007

http://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichJuriJudi.do?oldAction=rechExpJuriJudi&idTexte=JURITEXT000027451758&fastReqId=769760494&fastPos=19 – Pourvoi 12-10157, Cour de cassation, 2013 

Online Publications

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1688188 – Jones, Oliver, 2008, Out with the Owners: The Eurasian Sequels to J. A. Pye (Oxford) Ltd v. United Kingdom, Social Science Research Network

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/aug/31/criminalising-squatting-poor-rich – Blake, Joseph, 2012, Criminalising squatting hurts the poor and benefits the rich, The Guardian

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=911326 – Dixon, Martin, 2003, The Reform of Property Law and the Land Registration Act 2002: A Risk Assessment, Social Science Research Network

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=800529 – Fennell, Lee Anne, 2006, Efficient Trespass: The Case for 'Bad Faith' Adverse Possession, Social Science Research Network

http://chicagounbound.uchicago.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2501&context=journal_articles – Helmholz, Richard H., 1983, Adverse possession and subjective intent, University of Chicago Law School

Publications

Gray, Kevin J., Gray, Susan Francis, 2011, Land Law, 7th ed., Core Text Series, Oxford, Oxford University Press

Jourdan, Stephen, Radley-Gardner, Oliver, 2011, Adverse Possession, Bloomsbury Professional

 

By Radu Șomlea