adverse possession

noun Law.
the open and exclusive occupation and use of someone else's real property without permission of the owner continuously for a period of years prescribed by law, thereafter giving title to the occupier-user.
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adverse possession
 
n
property law the occupation or possession of land by a person not legally entitled to it. If continued unopposed for a period specifed by law, such occupation extinguishes the title of the rightful owner

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Adverse possession usually occurs on vacant, rural properties.
Adverse possession under this section requires enclosure, cultivation, or improvement of the land.
Occupancy and payment of taxes necessary to prove adverse possession.
Relation of landlord and tenant as affecting adverse possession.
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