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Washington Adverse Possession Laws

Under the legal doctrine of "adverse possession," also referred to as "squatter's rights," an individual who openly inhabits an otherwise neglected piece of real estate and improves it is eligible for title after a certain period of time. Washington adverse possession laws require a seven-year period of occupation and payment of property taxes before a squatter may claim title.

The basic provisions of Washington's adverse possession laws are listed in the following table, with links to additional articles.

Code Section 7.28.050, et seq.
Time Period Required for Occupation 7 yrs.and Color of Title: 7 yrs. and Color of Title/Payment of Taxes: 7 yrs.
Time for Landowner to Challenge/Effect of Landowner's Disability After disability lifted: 3 yrs.
Improvements -
Payment of Taxes Required
Title from Tax Assessor -

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

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