What is adverse possession?

Adverse possession describes the situation when the owner of a parcel of real estate loses that title to another who has taken control of the property

The following conditions must be met for adverse possession:

  • adverse possession must continue for 7 or more consecutive years without the consent of the owner
  • claim of title must be made to the property, however imperfect
  • the claimant must have had hostile and exclusive possession, without the owner’s possession
  • the claimant must have had open possession, without any concealment
  • all taxes must be paid on the property by the adverse possessor during all the years of adverse possession

Adverse possession is one example of involuntary alienation