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New York Adverse Possession Laws

When someone publicly moves into and improves an otherwise neglected property, they may acquire title to that property after a certain amount of time has passed. This is called "adverse possession," based on the idea that land should not sit idle. These protections are not valid if the possession of the property is done in secret. New York adverse possession laws require at least ten years of possession and payment of taxes throughout that period in order to be eligible for legal title.

The following table highlights the basics of New York adverse possession law. See Adverse Possession: Continuous Trespassers' Rights to learn more.

Code Section Real Prop. Acts & Procedures 501, et seq.
Time Period Required for Occupation 10 yrs.and Color of Title: 10 yrs.
Time for Landowner to Challenge/Effect of Landowner's Disability -
Improvements One way to possess land
Payment of Taxes -
Title from Tax Assessor -

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

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