Jason Friedman cleaned the putrid pool, paid thousands of dollars for a new fence, changed the locks and moved his family into a 3,400-square-foot Acreage home that wasn’t his.
Claiming adverse possession — the same antiquated Florida law used unsuccessfully this year by the infamous Boca Raton mansion squatter — Friedman hoped to make the vacant home his own.
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What is adverse possession?
Typically, ownership of a property is established by a deed or other legal document. Adverse possession is a means of attempting to gain legal title to property by continuous possession of the property for at least seven years in a visible manner so that it conflicts with the owner’s right to the property.