In a Point of Law article in the South China Morning Post, "Adverse Possession: Filling in the gaps on squatter's title", published 30 January 2013, Alan Yip discusses the Law Reform Commission's proposal to overhaul the law on adverse possession.

"Adverse possession allows a squatter to obtain a right to possess land by occupying it long enough under the Limitation Ordinance (Cap. 347) to 'extinguish' the original owner's title," Alan writes, with reference to an example of a tenant who has successfully claimed ownership of a flat in Ma Tau Wai by adverse possession after the owner had been missing for 26 years.

In the Article, Alan looks at suggested ways of better protecting the rights of the registered owner against adverse possession.

To read the article in full, please click here.