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Florida Adverse Possession Laws

Adverse possession is when an individual publicly moves into an otherwsie neglected property, improves this property, and is therefore granted title to it after a period of time. Florida adverse possession laws require claimants to occupy a given property for at least 7 years and either "color or title" or payment of property taxes for seven years.

Learn about the basic provisions of Florida adverse possession laws in the table below. See Adverse Possession: Continuous Trespassers' Rights for more details.

Code Section 95.16, 18, 191, 192
Time Period Required for Occupation and Color of Title: 7 yrs. and Payment of Taxes: 7 yrs.
Time for Landowner to Challenge/Effect of Landowner's Disability -
Improvements One way to possess land
Payment of Taxes 7 yrs.
Title from Tax Assessor 4 yrs.

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Florida real estate attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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