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Pennsylvania Adverse Possession Laws

Someone 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." This is a strange loophole in the law, but a firmly established loophole. Title usually will not be conferred until a certain amount of time has passed. Pennsylvania adverse possession laws require a 21-year period of occupation.

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

Code Section Tit. 42§5530
Time Period Required for Occupation 21 yrs.-
Time for Landowner to Challenge/Effect of Landowner's Disability -
Improvements -
Payment of Taxes -
Title from Tax Assessor  

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

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