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Editor: Stephen Clowney
Univ. of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Adverse Possession in the News

First-year property doctrines are alive and well!  In case you missed it last week, the doctrine of adverse possession was splashed all over the news.  Kenneth Robinson is attempting to claim adverse possession over a foreclosed home in a wealthy suburb outside of Dallas.  As Tun-Jen Chiang notes, Robinson's plan doesn't seem particularly well-thought out.  Texas has a 10 year statute of limitations.  It seems likely that sometime before 2021, the bank get the foreclosure process sorted out and have Robinson removed.  But, until then, Robinson has a fancy home in a nice neighborhood.  

What's most surprising to me is how pissed-off the neighbors seem.  Sure, it's not great to have a glorified squatter around, but it's surely better than having a string of abandoned properties on the block.

Steve Clowney

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