adverse possession

Definitions

Construction

  • Ownership of real property without having purchased it and without having done anything more than openly and physically possessing it for a long time in the contravention of the rights of the true owner. Although state laws differ,20 years is the typical length of time that must pass before the person in possession of the land becomes the owner.

Law

  • noun an occupation of property by squatters or others that is contrary to the rights of the real owner
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