Squatter’s letter offering to purchase land can be an acknowledgement of title

Section 23 of the Limitation Ordinance provides that time starts to run again if the squatter acknowledges the title of the formal owner. In Edginton v Clark ([1964] 1 Q.B. 367, CA (Eng)) a squatter wrote two letters to the owner’s agent offering to buy the relevant land. The English Court of Appeal stated that there is no general rule as to what constitutes an acknowledgement; each case turns on its own facts. It held that the two letters were clearly an acknowledgement and so time had started to run afresh.

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