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Preventing adverse possession of your vacation home

On Behalf of | Apr 1, 2024 | Real Estate Law |

Adverse possession is a legal concept that allows someone to claim ownership of land that does not belong to them, simply by using it openly and without permission for a certain period of time. In Oregon, this is typically 10 years.

If you own a vacation home you visit infrequently, it is important to understand how to deal with this potential problem.

Know your property lines

Knowing the exact location of your vacation home’s boundaries is necessary. Check your property deed or hire a professional to survey your land.

Check regularly

As often as possible, visit your property or have a trusted friend do so to spot any early signs of trespassing. Look out for fences, buildings or temporary housing structures appearing without your permission.

Maintain good relationships with neighbors

Being friendly with your neighbors can help prevent disputes over property lines. When everyone gets along, they are less likely to encroach on your land. Trusted neighbors can also help keep an eye on your property.

Put up signage

To deter anyone thinking of claiming your land, post visible no-trespassing signs around your vacation home’s perimeter. Make sure to place them near the edges of your property and ensure they are easy to see.

Take action quickly

If you suspect someone is trying to claim your vacation home through adverse possession, seek help right away. You might need professional advice to protect your property rights.

By taking these steps, you can keep your Oregon vacation home safe from adverse possession claims. With a little vigilance and the right precautions, you will enjoy your property for years to come.