How can I take possession of a piece of land I’ve maintained for 20 years?

I’ve put in sprinklers and plants. My neighbor even built a fence in such a way that this strip of land appears to be part of my backyard.

Asked on August 13, 2012 under Real Estate Law, California


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You need to discuss the issue of "adverse possesion" with ana ttorney in your area.  Adverse possession is a right to claim ownership after a statutory time period (I believe 5 years in California) but the law there as to what allows you to make the claim will prevail.  I believe that in California you need to pay taxes, etc. on the land.  It is different in every state.

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