bporeilly  
Gavel

B.P. O'Reilly

Legal Services For Individuals

Legal Services For Business


Squatter's Rights on empty house

Advise on squatter’s rights when a property is run down. There is no front door, the owner has died with no known next of kin to be found and the property has been vacant for years and you are homeless?

Squatters or prescription rights or rights in adverse possession as the law calls them depends on a person who takes over property without permission (effectively trespassing) and using the property as their own for a period of 12 or more years without admitting that anybody other than themselves are entitled to the property. 

To establish rights it must be done in a number of ways – the obvious way is to actually live in the property and do it up or alternatively keep cattle in it or store furniture.  The law insists that to prove a claim for adverse possession you must be in possession of the property as if you were owner for an uninterrupted  period of 12 years.

Here is a previous question/answer on the subject:

Where did squatter’s rights come from and why has it not been abolished?

http://www.bporco.ie/live/newstalk/442.html

The issues raised in the answer to this NewsTalk listener's question are dealt with in a general way as can only be the case on live radio. Before relying on the advice given in this answer, whether you heard the broadcast or are for the first time reading the issues here please do not rely on the broad advice given. For a detailed professional opinion please consult a qualified legal advisor and for further details read our disclaimer on the Home Page.

Newstalk latest


B.P.O’REILLY & COMPANY SOLICITORS & NOTARIES ARE LAWYERS BASED IN DUBLIN IRELAND SPECIALISING IN LEGAL AND NOTARY SERVICES FOR BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS WHO NEED ADVICE AND REPRESENTATION IN LOCAL, NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CASES.

HEAD OFFICE: B.P O'Reilly & Co. Solicitors, Coric House, Main St, Tallaght, Dublin 24, Republic of Ireland.

Telephone: (01) 4525211      Fax: (01) 4525436

[International (+353-1) 4525211 Fax: (+353-1) 4525436]         

 E-mail: general@bporco.ie

© B.P.O'Reilly & Company Solicitors 2002-2008.

The information contained in this website is of a general nature and should not be relied on in every circumstance
involving what is written and/or said involving the services of B.P.O'Reilly & Company. Consequently, no responsibility will be taken by the site promoters as to the accuracy of its contents. If you have a specific query please contact B.P.O'Reilly & Company.