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marybourg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-22-11 12:06 AM
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6. Adverse possession IS "squatting". Every state has such laws.
It comes from English common law on the theory that it's better for someone, even a non-paying stranger, to use the land than for it to be ignored by its true owner. It requires a very specific set of requirements to be met. Generally the adverse possessor(squatter) must posses "openly", ie, he can't be hiding, people must know about it and he must be claiming a right *against* the true owner. So if the true owner has given permission there is no adverse possession. It also must go on on unbroken for some number of years, perhaps seven. This is why people are warned to visit their property every year or so if it's vacant. Or they could possibly lose it. By the way, you can't adversely possess against a government entity.
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  -Man takes possession of $300,000 home for FREE using little known law... Dover  Jul-21-11 11:06 PM   #0 
  - Good for him  rpannier   Jul-21-11 11:15 PM   #1 
  - Isn't he screwing the original owner who may be liable for a deficiency judgment?  dkf   Jul-21-11 11:28 PM   #2 
  - yeah but he's still in texas  upi402   Jul-21-11 11:30 PM   #3 
  - well, time to get busy looking up properties then. One of my grown sons is homeless  cutlassmama   Jul-21-11 11:31 PM   #4 
  - I believe there's a similiar law in Michigan.  Kaleva   Jul-21-11 11:31 PM   #5 
  - Adverse possession IS "squatting". Every state has such laws.  marybourg   Jul-22-11 12:06 AM   #6 
  - He'll have to be there at least 3 years.  tammywammy   Jul-22-11 12:13 AM   #7 
  - Previously discussed and pretty well debunked  ProgressiveProfessor   Jul-22-11 02:12 AM   #8 
  - debunked? Well I hope someone alerts the media, cause the story  Dover   Jul-22-11 10:39 AM   #9 
  - He'll get booted out for code violations soon enough.  tuckessee   Jul-22-11 10:52 AM   #10 

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