If a person takes possession of a property, improves it, possesses it in a public manner and continues to do so for an extended period of time, traditionally that person would be deemed to have acquired the property by “adverse possession”. The concept of adverse possession is well known in both North America and Europe and has been around for centuries.
Traditional Elements of Adverse Possession
Traditionally, the possessor of property which is not his or her own has had to meet certain specified criteria in order to acquire ownership by adverse possession. The traditional elements are as follows:
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