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How long can a neighbor use you land as a walkway before he

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How long can a neighbor use you land as a walkway before he can sue for adverse possession?

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Hello again, Jean.

An individual must typically use another's property continuously for a period of 20 years under New Hampshire law in order to establish a right to use the property under a prescriptive easement theory of law, which is very similar to an adverse possession claim.

Here is a link to a NH case I located which sets out the requirements to establish a claim based on prescriptive easement:

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
The owner before this one used it for 20 years, does that matter?
Hello again, Jean.

Yes, if use by the adjoining property owners was continuous and uninterrupted, then a court would typically consider the entire period in which the property was used by them for purposes of determining whether the elements of a prescriptive easement claim have been met.
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