Deb's Lake Conroe Real Estate & Stuff! : "ADVERSE POSSESSION" Is Alive And Kicking In Texas and Other States! SQUATTER'S RIGHTS~

"ADVERSE POSSESSION" Is Alive And Kicking In Texas and Other States! SQUATTER'S RIGHTS~

Is time digressing? Or, would that be regressing? Adverse Possession was originally set up in Texas and other states to help establish the boundaries of Farm and Ranch land. This is one of our old laws established in the 1880's that has yet to be ammended. I became highly fascinated with this in Real Estate School. 

After questioning the class Teacher she explained it like this:

Adverse Possession, Farmer and LandIf a farmer had 300 acres and was only farming one hundred, it is likely that a SQUATTER could or would settle upon his land in an obscure area that may go unnoticed for many years. Say the SQUATTER had worked the land for years and was using about 20 acres of that land. The SQUATTER could prove this after showing sales to local stores in the past.

Mr. Landowner discovers this and says, "GET THE &^&^^ OFF MY LAND!

Ms. Squatter with double barrel shotgunMs. SQUATTER comes to the door with a double barrel shotgun and points it at him and says, "It ain't your land Mr. Landowner and I'm telling ya to git off my land or I'll shoot ya!"  This act should happen each and every time Mr. Landowner shows up. Ms. SQUATTER has the right to protect HER LAND.

Ms. SQUATTER has the legal right to do so and is encouraged to do so by the courts if she believes it is HER land! If she can prove to the courts she has claimed and worked the land for 7 years, by unchanged Texas Law, she actually has the right to keep it.

Mr. Landowner just lost 20 acres.

Thus, the reason we sit in the boardroom at the Title Company and one of the forms signed by the Buyer releases the Title Company from any responsibility of potential SQUATTERS.

They still exist! Now, listen to this one!

NEWS FLASH!Ms. Squatter with double barrel shotgun

A Texas Man has managed to claim a $300,000.00 Foreclosure by filing a form with his local Courthouse! He took over the bills in his name, announced to his neighbors of his intention and is now living in the home with "NO TRESPASSING SIGNS" which is today a new and legal form of the double barrel shotgun. Can he do this? According to our unchanged and unamended law, yes he can. As long as he lives there proclaiming his intent for the next three years the home will become his for a whopping $16.00. As it turns out, the original owners of the home would have to pay off the entire debt in full before anyone can kick him out and that includes the bank! OMG...what is this world coming to? You have to read this on my web site. My jaw dropped. No wonder I have always been so fascinated with this law!
Read the original article HERE!

It still works!

Geesh. That's all I have to say about that!


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Comment balloon 5 commentsDeb Brooks • July 24 2011 12:35PM


OMG the laws do not always protect the landowners do they? This is fascinating? I get REO listings and sometimes squatters move in, remove the sign and box (good reason not to put box on door knob) and have the utility company take the bills out of my name and put in their name. Of course, they never pay the bills so by the time I get is straightened out, I have to pay the back bills too.

Legally I cannot move the squatter out but while the house is empty, I hire a person to go in and clean up all personal possessions and have the house re-keyed and boarded up plus I have the utilities turned off for a time. This usually removes the squatters. Once, we had to do it twice and he still came back a 3rd and final time.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) about 9 years ago

HI Deb,

Very interesting, I know that here in BC, we have abolished squatters rights many decades ago, but across the world in Holland there are similar squatter rights that protect them from being evicted from what for most people amounts to theft.....

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC about 9 years ago

Wow!!  Guess who's gonna be an owner of a really expensive home?!  Don't let this one get out too far or all foreclosures just might get snapped up this way, LOL :)!  Looks like Texas has got some amendin to do :)!

Posted by Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) about 9 years ago

Hi Deb, thanks for the history lesson, think I will go find me a few acres somewhere and start squatting....:0)  will have to read the article about that guy, obviously he had to do some research or consulted a real estate attorney about what he could do....I would have like to been there listening to that conversation if it took place.  Mr Attorney, I plan to move into a House which I have no rights to, that is being foreclosed on and claim it as mine...okay...?

Posted by Hrisco & Associates, Roanoke Homes for Sale - Roanoke Neighborhoods (Hrisco & Associates ) about 9 years ago

Teaching about adverse possession is much like teaching about water rights.  Here is what you need to know to pass the test.  In the real world get a real estate attorney's opinion.

Here is a good site that explains a little more about adverse possession:

Posted by Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker about 9 years ago