Definitions for "ADVERSE POSSESSION"
Method of acquiring real property under certain conditions by possession for a statutory period.
A person who by himself or together with his predecessors in possession has been in possession to the exclusion of the lawful owner of land for the statutory period set out in the relevant statute and who remains in actual, continuous and exclusive possession and uses the land and probably pays the rates may become the legal owner by adverse possession. This is the position at law because the owner has failed to exercise his rights for such a period and his right to the land as against the trespasser is barred by statue.
The means of acquiring title to land against the real owner, where possession has been actual, open, hostile, excusive, continuous, and under claim of right for the statutory period of 20 years.
Keywords:  affiant