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We have been crossing our next door neighbors undeveloped

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We have been crossing our next door neighbor's undeveloped property to get to the next house since about 2002-2003. The property is now being sold , and it is likely that the new owner will deny our access across his/her land. What rights do we have?
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What rights do we have?
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If you are asking if you have gained some type of property rights to keep crossing the land owned by the neighbor, unfortunately the answer would be no. Unless someone has a recorded easement over a property or has acquired one through adverse possession, then they have no legal right to enter the property of another person. In Idaho, in order to be able to claim an easement by use, you would have to meet the statutory requirements for adverse possession which is open and notorious use for over 20 years. (Idaho Code §5-206 through 210)
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Unfortunately, since this would be her private property, she can prevent you from accessing it if she chooses to. Without her permission, this would legally be trespassing and could result in a criminal charge.
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

What is "adverse possession" and what do you have to do to qualify for it?

You have to openly, hostilly and notoriously use the property of another for a statutorily prescribed time. In Idaho, that time is 20 years. So if you had crossed the land of the neighbor, legally trespassing, for 20 years, then you would be able to claim a legal right to continue to do so.
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But if you are prevented from doing so prior to hitting that 20 year mark, then you can't claim an easement by adverse possession.
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