Adverse possession (Ro.: prescripție achizitivă/ uzucapiune, De.: ~e Ersitzung/ ~eUsukapion, Fr.: possession adversative, n.f./ prescription acquisitive, n.f., Cz.: neoprávněná držba, Gr.: χρησικτησία, Alb.: Parashkrimi fitues) (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 - Law of Property Act 1925, UK [English] - Limitation Act 1980, ss. 15 and 75, schedule I, s. 8, UK [English] - California Code of Civil Procedure, Section 323, USA [English] - Civil Code, Art. 930-940, Romania [Romanian];jsessionid=887CEF8FC7027EF2D93D1B6D6F627211.tpdjo02v_2?idSectionTA=LEGISCTA000019017151&cidTexte=LEGITEXT000006070721&dateTexte=20141214 – Code Civil, Art. 2258-2277, France [French] – BGB, §§ 937–945, Germany [German]!fragment/sec2910 - Civil code of Quebec, Section 2904- 2920, Canada [English]

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

Articles 168-169 of the Albanian Civil Code [Albanian]

Case Law - JA Pye (Oxford) Ltd. v. Graham, House of Lords, 2003 - Georgia v. South Carolina 497 U.S. 376, 1990 - Buckinghamshire County Council v. Moran, Court of Appeal (Civil Division), 1990 - J.A. Pye (Oxford) Ltd. & J.A. Pye (Oxford) Land Ltd. v. United Kingdom, ECtHR, 2007 – Pourvoi 12-10157, Cour de cassation, 2013 

Online Publications – Jones, Oliver, 2008, Out with the Owners: The Eurasian Sequels to J. A. Pye (Oxford) Ltd v. United Kingdom, Social Science Research Network – Blake, Joseph, 2012, Criminalising squatting hurts the poor and benefits the rich, The Guardian – Dixon, Martin, 2003, The Reform of Property Law and the Land Registration Act 2002: A Risk Assessment, Social Science Research Network – Fennell, Lee Anne, 2006, Efficient Trespass: The Case for 'Bad Faith' Adverse Possession, Social Science Research Network – Helmholz, Richard H., 1983, Adverse possession and subjective intent, University of Chicago Law School


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