The Sunday Independent set the cat amongst the pigeons last weekend by reporting that the deadline for claiming a right of way established under the old rules (ie. the system in place before the Land Law Conveyancing and Reform Act 2009) was to expire at the end of the month. The article, which has since been removed from the Sindo website, also caused a lot of head scratching in the legal community and panicked phone calls from clients this week.
Of course, the Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2011 extended the deadline to 30 November 2021, so the panic is over. The Property Registration Authority, which has apparently received hundreds of calls about the issue, has published a clarification and the IFA has also confirmed the position with them. (Just before I hit “Publish” the Law Society issued their own clarification.)
People who might be entitled to register a right of way should still consult their solicitor but the deadline of 30 November 2012 was incorrect.