Adverse possession

Adverse possession – the term refers to actual possession of real estate, executed without legal ownership, for a period of time, sufficient to become recognized as legal owner. The more common word for this is “squatters.” In many countries a conscientious possessioner can achieve ownership after holding the land for a number of years, where even the dishonest possessioner should have the right to pretend legal ownership, if holding the land for a number of years.

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