If an obnoxious neighbor continues to mow an area of our land, can he now claim that it’s his because he has mowed for several years?

The land in question is directly across the street from them.

Asked on May 15, 2016 under Real Estate Law, North Carolina


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

No, mowing someone's land does not give you any rights to that land. To try to claim land by "adverse possession" requires that the person attempting to do so exercise exclusive possession over the land, in a way that is hostile to and precludes your possesion of it, for the full time period (20 years), and it also has to be continuous use. Simply mowing is not sufficiently hostile to your use of or control over the land, and is also not sufficinetly continuous, as to let him claim the land by adverse possession. 

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