The practice of claiming free land or property is not a new one and people has been doing this since ages. If you check your history books, you will find countless such instances of adverse possession.
The practice of claiming free land or property isn’t something new. It is something that has been around for hundreds of years all over the world. If one opens a history book, there would be instances of free claiming of land and property mentioned over the pages since time immemorial to the present.
Returning to more recent times, it might be said that there are innumerable such vacant and unused plots of land which are lying unclaimed waiting for someone to ahead and register it in his name.
Coming back to the present generation, there are millions of unclaimed and unregistered plots lying around unused, abandoned and forgotten waiting for someone to claim them.
An unclaimed and abandoned plot of land can be of various forms. But whatever the form they will always have some signs about being unclaimed and unused. These sure signs include overgrown gates and gardens, broken and bordered up windows, unused garages, fields and shrub lands, abandoned commercial premises and industrial plots.
You must keep in mind that since these signs aren’t obvious enough for one to notice while driving around. You need to go for regular walks around your neighborhood in order to identify the same.
After property identification, registration check is the next step wherein you get to know the registration status of your selected property plot. On contacting the Land Registry, they will let you know whether your selected plot is already registered, unregistered or pending first application.
If the plot is already registered there might be many reasons behind it. The owner could have died without leaving any relatives behind. Or it may be that the relative do not want the land or may be the owner has moved abroad abandoning this property.
In the second case, that is, in case it is unregistered, it refers to the absence of an owner. And it means it has never been registered before. But it must be noted that such instances though is the ripest for free claim, usually brings with it a tough job of owner tracing.
If the Land registry tells you that it is ‘Pending first Application’, they essentially mean that someone else has already beaten you to the land and claimed it before you. What you should do in such a case is let go of this plot of land and search yourself another unused and abandoned plot instead.
The third step in claiming free land is the activity of owner tracing. Remember that when you go ahead to claim any plot of land, you have to furnish proof that you have actually attempted to contact the original user.
An effective strategy would be to ask the immediate neighbors regarding any information about the owner. If they fail to give so try asking the post office, probate registry office (if he is dead), local landlords, milkman, newsagents and the like. You might also go and check the electoral roles.
When you are ready to make the claim, it is a good idea to draw up a document in order to record the date of the claim commencement, though it is not a mandatory thing to do. You might ask your friends or colleagues to sign as witnesses in the document which would stay as evidence.
Moreover, one can put up a small fence or even a board saying ‘No Trespassing’ in order to quickly bring back any owners that the plot of property might have had.
Moreover, putting up a ‘No Trespassing’ signboard near the periphery of the land or putting up a small fence is also helpful. If there is at all an owner, these might be quick ways to find him.
Some people who might be of help in your adverse possession endeavors are the immediate neighbors of the said properly since there’s hardly anyone who would want to live beside an overgrown, garbage filled derelict where unwanted events might take place otherwise.
More information on adverse possession can be got from the countless CDs and booklets available openly in the market which talks about the various legislation rules and laws corresponding to the same. You can also contact the various private websites who are involved in undertaking the detective work required for digging out information about the original owner and his land.
All this can be put to good use and you can truly find and claim a free plot of land for yourself.