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I’ve bought a semi-detached cottage. The owner of the house next door parks his car on some land I own at the back of my house. Am I entitled to charge him for the privilege of parking on my property?

Yes. But beware if your neighbour and the people who owned his house before him have been parking their vehicles on the land for donkey’s years. It’s possible, if they’ve been doing it on a regular basis for more than 20 years, that your neighbour will argue that he has acquired the right to do so. If no-one ever asked permission to park there it could have become a legal right by way of “prescription”. So I suggest you make discreet enquiries about how he came to park his car there in the first place before you start demanding rent.

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