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Is the passageway used by others? Have you enclosed the passageway?
If he has taken land that is not his and is claiming adverse possession (ie. what is commonly known as "squatter's rights"
If the land in question is unregistered then you must have been using it continuously for 12 years in order to claim possession of it and be registered as the registered proprietor at the Land Registry If the land is registered then you need only have been using it continuously for 10 years in order to apply for adverse possession at the Land Registry. Notice of the application will be sent to the current registered proprietor of the land, who is obviously at liberty to object.
The 20 year period to which your referring to is, I think, the twenty years a person must have been exercising a right (eg. right of way) before he acquires the legal right to exercise the right and enforce it against others.
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If the owner of the land (pre-adverse possession claim) disputed the claim then The LR would only have referred to matter to the Lands Tribunal for aribtration. If the LT ey ruled in favour of the person claiming adverse possession then the LR would have registered the land. The person disputing could have take the matter to Court following the decision subject to a 12 years limitation period.
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