Thank you, Ely.
To follow up:
1. I thought that the period in WV was 10 years, but that may be irrelevant, given the other info you've provided.
2. I don't have a problem with this guy mowing, as he is elderly and apparently just likes watching the deer from his kitchen window. Also, it does keep that bit of land clear for me (keeps it from getting overgrown), and it does provide another set of eyes on the property (he could contact me if he found something amiss).
If I don't have anything to worry about (it sounds like the burden of proof is on him), then it doesn't sound like I need to take any action. I don't know if it would be a good idea to send him a letter granting permission to mow. Your thoughts?
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