Landlords, be aware of the 12-year rule
and neither party agreed to the status of tenant and landlord.
“Where the tenancy is determined”, are the words used by Article 67. These are very important. The right of a landlord to recover possession does not accrue until there is a cessation of the tenancy, but once the tenancy is determinated, the right to seek recovery must be exercised within 12 years.
The l aw of l i mitation emerges from the legal principle that requires litigants to be vigilant. And once time has commenced, it usually will not cease by subsequent events, unless there is a saving in the statute itself. While litigants have a right to avail litigation up to the very last day prescribed by a statute, they must remember the Latin maxim, “vigilantibus no dormientibus jura subveniunt” - the laws serve the vigilant, not those who sleep.