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Good afternoon and thanks for using Just Answer.With regard to acquiring title to property by adverse possession, Texas has three different holding periods depending on the circumstances. Three Years when the property is held with "color of title", i.e.by a person who believes they have title by way of a deed. Five years for a holder who has cultivated the land, plus paid the taxes on it, along with the other elements of adverse possession. Finally, 10 years for all other claims, which appears to apply to your situation. In your case, if all that the neighbor did is build a fence and kept it there for seven years, they will not have fulfilled the statutory time of 10 years. I caution that must take action to terminate a holding by adverse possession before the statutory period has run. That is usually done by bringing suit to eject the person from the disputed parcel of land.
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