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Ohio Adverse Possession Laws

An individual who publicly takes possession of an otherwise neglected parcel of real estate, and improves it, may acquire title under the legal doctrine of "adverse possession." Typically, title will not be conferred until a certain amount of time has passed. Ohio adverse possession laws require a 21-year period of occupation.

The basic provisions of Ohio's adverse possession laws are listed below. See Adverse Possession: Continuous Trespassers' Rights for more details.

Code Section 2305.04
Time Period Required for Occupation 21 yrs.-
Time for Landowner to Challenge/Effect of Landowner's Disability With disability: 21 yrs.; After disability lifted: 10 yrs.
Improvements -
Payment of Taxes -
Title from Tax Assessor -

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

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