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To: Little Ray
I wonder how they evolved?

Some say it began to be enshrined in law after the Black Death and when thousands and thousands of homes and even entire towns and villages were empty and the chain of title was lost or forgotten.

A situation where someone moved into a home that had lain abandoned for decades, lived there for years (I think the law says 12) restoring it and improving the land only to be evicted because the ninth cousin of the baron who had owned the property forty years before had finally figured out that he owned it and decided to come from a hundred miles away to sell it - well that was considered unfair.

This is speculation, but it is also the time when adverse possession became part of common law.

27 posted on 08/17/2011 12:51:14 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: wideawake

I think it takes years to establish “squatters rights” or adverse possession in the US.
Kicking the door and laying claim to titled property should be a major crime, anywhere, as should be that fraudulent trick you mentioned in that previous post.


29 posted on 08/17/2011 12:59:21 PM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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