adverse possession

The occupation of property, usually land, to which another person has title, with the intention of taking possession from that person.

In order for a person to successfully gain title to property by adverse possession, they must show that their possession of the property was: (1) open, visible, and notorious; (2) actual; (3) exclusive; (4) hostile and under a claim of title or right; and (5) continuous for the statutory period.

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