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Thsi will depend on a careful review of the associations by-laws. It will also be important to determine if associations rules are being enforced uniformly for similiar acts. The fact that you have maintained the property will be irrelevant as you have an ownership interest so there can be no adverse possession as well as adverse possession statutes are typically twenty years.. Adverse possession being when you aquire l;and by taking and maintiang for a period open an notoriaously so that the origianl owner knwos your claiming the property.
if the association has notified you it is in violation after first approving the shed you would have a claim agains them for damages cost incurred in building and removing the shed. they would probably like to avoid this. fianlly if it is a 3rd party that has said to remove it as it violates an ordinace not mentioned by you if you needed teh permit you may have a tough position to defend.
you will want to contact a lawyer in your home state familiar with real estate particularly condo and association law as this is a very specialized area. this information is general in nature and not intended as legal advice. no client attorney relationship is formed
Well I think you need to define what is and isnt your proeprty. if it isnt your property your not going to have a claim because you havent maintained it long enough to make such a claim. most states would require twenty years oof open and notorious use. i would have the property surveyed.
if it does match the proeprty description as you say then they were at teh least negligent in issueing the permit and may be liable. As said this is a tough are of law i recommend an attorney in your state as the statutes for condemnation and adveerse possession are specific. I dont think you ever owned enough of this land and i dont think you maintained it liong enough to make any claims. likely your maintence was volunary. i m sure the associations articles address possession issues of common areas