Adverse Possession, Easement & Covenant Removals
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Adverse Possession Claims Victoria
What can you do if your neighbour encroaches on your property? Understand your rights in Adverse Possession claims in Victoria. Neighbourhood fencing disputes often end up escalating into disputes about where the boundary fence should be positioned, and then an Adverse Possession claim is made by one party.
What Is Adverse Possession?
Adverse possession is a method of gaining legal title to real property by the actual, open, hostile, and continuous possession of land to the exclusion of its true owner for the period prescribed by state law. In essence, it is a fencing dispute of an incorrect boundary fence.
The legal theory underlying the vesting of title by adverse possession is that title to land must be certain. Since the owner has, by his or her own fault and neglect, failed to protect the land against the hostile actions of the adverse possessor, an adverse possessor who has treated the land as his or her own for a significant period of time is recognised as its owner.
Anyone, including private individuals, corporations, the federal government, states, and municipal corporations, can be an adverse possessor. Where the Applicant can provide satisfactory proof of 30 years adverse possession, the Registrar will grant an application subject to payment of a contribution. This is usually about 0.5% of the value claimed but may be waived entirely where the Registrar is of the opinion that granting the application would not impose any risk to the Consolidated Fund.
In the case of 15 years adverse possession, the levy may be increased to approximately 1%. You may need to contribute to the Consolidated Funds account and we will be advised by the Land Titles Office of this requirement once the documents have been lodged.
If you think you have the right to acquire land by adverse possession, contact our Fencing Disputes Victoria Lawyers. If you have been given a fencing notice by your neighbour, that does not seem to be in the right place, and you think you are under threat of losing your land to an adverse possession claim, please do not hesitate to contact us immediately to assess the validity of the potential claim. A simple fencing dispute can result in a costly Adverse Possession claim in Victoria.
An easement is an area of land that forms part of the title of the property that has been set aside for special purposes. The area covered by the easement is generally not accessible to build over.
What types of easements can you possibly remove or build over?
- Water easement
- Drainage easement
- Sewerage easement
- Telephone easement
- Gas pipeline easement
- Solar easement (right to light – eg building a window restricting neighbour’s light)
- View easement (right to an existing view)
- Beach Access
- Driveway easement (mutual driveway access with another party)
- Dead-end access (usually set aside to allow pedestrians on a dead-end street access to the next public way)
- Conservation easement
- Historic preservation easement
- Easement of lateral and subjacent support (prohibits an adjoining land owner from digging too deep on his lot in any manner depriving his neighbour of vertical or horizontal support on the latter’s structure eg. buildings & fences
If you think you are subject to an easement over your land and would like to discuss the possibility of building over the land or using the land, we can advise you if you are permitted to use the land or if you can apply to remove the easement. If you would like to add an easement to your land, please do not hesitate to contact our property lawyers to discuss the possibility of making an application to register an easement.
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