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(Palm Beach Post)   Woman arrested for renting out neighbor's vacant, foreclosed mansion for over $13,000, claims she had right to do so by "adverse possession"   ( divider line
    More: Florida, Nathalie Heil  
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2013-02-11 07:34:21 AM  
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C18H27NO3: Do these people that take over the land get retroactively billed for all of the Property Tax that the real owner has paid over the years/decades?

you sound like you lost some land...
2013-02-11 03:09:19 AM  
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sycraft: Same deal with the more common case of using part of their land. If you build something on their land and they notice, they can make you take it down. Likewise they can grant you permission to do it, in which case you cannot claim adverse possession, no matter how long passes.

Yep. A couple of my neighbors ran into that when I was a kid. Family A built a huge deck/gazebo/pool in the back yard. They didn't pay too much attention to the survey line, and when Family B, cousins of a sort, pointed out that five feet of the deck, two feet of the pool and the pool filter was actually in their yard everyone had a good laugh and agreed to share it.

Fast forward 13 years, Family A retires to Florida and gives the place to their son, and Family B still uses the pool. But A's daughter-in-law doesn't like B's teenage kids using it, so she hires guys to put up a fence 12 feet inside B's yard with the excuse "We've been using it so long it's ours now. Don't like it? Talk to our lawyer."

The end result? B took a chainsaw to the fence and threw it in the pool, then sat on his portion of the deck with a salt-filled shotgun for a couple days while A's lawyer advised them that "The end result will be the entire thing has to come down."
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