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Is there a certain time frame after which an adjacent property

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Is there a certain time frame after which an adjacent property owner can not make us take a treehouse down which infringes on his property?
Hi - my name is XXXXX XXXXX I'm a Real Estate litigation attorney. Thanks for your question.

What state are you in?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.


Thanks for the info.

It is possible to claim that you've acquired ownership of the property upon which the tree house sits under the laws of adverse possession. This basically means that you've occupied and used the property against the will of the true owner for a certain period of time - - which is 20 YEARS in North Carolina. Here's the statute:

Thus, if you've had the treehouse there for at least 20 years, you have a claim of adverse possession, and you could file a legal action to confirm your ownership interest in the property. However, if you haven't had the treehouse in place for at least 20 years, then the neighbor can force the removal of the treehouse. The owner could file a trespassing lawsuit or a private nuisance action to have the treehouse removed.

A good compromise may be to offer the neighbor a certain amount of money to purchase the small area in question.
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