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Would a successor have a claim for adverse possession of an allotment where rent has not been demanded or paid?

My client wishes to make an adverse possession application for a piece of garden ground adjoining their property. The issue I have is that my client's parents who previously owned the property paid rent to the council under an allotment agreement. I do not have a copy of this agreement but have seen invoices referring to it. No rent has been demanded or paid since 2003. The Land Registry have indicated that it needs to be shown that any agreement has come to an end otherwise the client's possession is not adverse and their application is likely to fail. Do you have any views on this, bearing in mind the lack of demand or rent payment for over 12 years?
Anonymous (Private practice)

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