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Virginia Adverse Possession Laws

Continuous trespassers' rights, or "adverse possession" laws, an individual who inhabits and improves an otherwise neglected piece of real estate may claim title to that property after a certain amount of time has passed. Typically, the trespasser must possess the property publicly and, in some cases, pay property taxes as if he or she owned the property. Under Virginia adverse possession laws, a person may acquire title after inhabiting a property for 15 years.

The basics of Virginia adverse possession law are listed below, with links to related articles and resources.

Code Section 8.01-236, 237
Time Period Required for Occupation 15 yrs.and Color of Title: 15 yrs
Time for Landowner to Challenge/Effect of Landowner's Disability With disability: 25 yrs. max.
Improvements -
Payment of Taxes -
Title from Tax Assessor -

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

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