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Can you tell me how long the other parties have been encroaching on your land?
Do they have any type of permission to be on the land?
Do you have some type of updated survey showing the encroachment?
Whether or not they can continue to encroach depends on how long they have been there. Under a legal doctrine called adverse possession, if they have been there for long enough, they can claim legal ownership of land they are trespassing on. In Pennsylvania the period of time for adverse possession must be at least twenty-one (21) years. Pennsylvania Code Â§42-5530
So if they have been there over 21 years, they can claim legal ownership of the land and anything on it by filing a "quiet title" lawsuit against you as the legal owner. If they can prove 21 years use, then a judge would issue an order giving them legal ownership of that land.
But if they haven't met the 21 year limit, they are just trespassers and you can file a suit for trespass to eject them.
And yes, you can cut off their use and occupation of your land by dropping trees on the land and then the ball is in their court as to whether they think they can prove adverse possession or not.
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