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Reply #6: Adverse possession IS "squatting". Every state has such laws. [View All]

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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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