See your state law on adverse possession for details on your state rules in addition to the legal requirements discussed below some states also require the trespasser to have paid the local property taxes on the land during a specified time period. Adverse possession is a doctrine under which a person in possession of land owned by someone else may acquire valid title to it so long as certain common law requirements are met and the adverse possessor is in possession for a sufficient period of time as defined by a statute of limitations. Adverse possession a method of gaining legal title to real property by the actual open hostile and continuous possession of it to the exclusion of its true owner for the period prescribed by state law. Rather any entry and possession for the required 20 years that is exclusive continuous hostile actual and open even if under a mistaken claim of title is sufficient to support a claim of title by adverse possession
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