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What are squatter''s rights in North Carolina?

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What are squatter''s rights in North Carolina?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Real Estate Law
Expert:  Flagbridge-RE replied 9 years ago.


One who seeks to assert title to a tract of land under the doctrine of adverse possession must prove by a preponderance of the evidence:

(1) That he has held the tract adversely or hostilely in a manner and duration prescribed by law, NC is 20 years.
(2) That the possession has been actual;
(3) That the possession has been open and notorious;
(4) That possession has been exclusive;
(5) That possession has been continuous;

You can file a claim to the land if you have appeared to have met all the obligations above.

Other points on NC
NORTH CAROLINA 1-38, et seq.; 1-17 Generic AP 20 yrs.
Color of Title: 7 yrs.
Time limit to sue after disability lifted: 3 yrs.

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