adverse possession


The actual, open, notorious, hostile, and continuous possession of another's land under a claim of title. Possession for a statutory period may be a means of acquiring title. Permission from the owner given in a lease would not constitute adverse possession because the possession is not hostile. For example, a person can gain title to land by living on the land for 20 years if the legal owner is unknown.
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prescription open and notorious possession