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A Church Loses Land to a Family That Maintained It for Years

A long list of multiple uses and actions performed by the plaintiffs over decades showed the property became theirs through “adverse possession.”

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Key point 7-18. Churches can lose a portion of their property to a neighboring landowner as a result of “adverse possession,” if the neighbor openly and adversely occupies church property for the length of time prescribed by state law.

A Connecticut court ruled that a church lost property it owned as a result of adverse possession.

Background

Since 1997, a family (the “plaintiffs”) maintained a property in Connecticut that a church believed it owned. The plaintiffs performed all routine maintenance and landscaping, provided upgrades, and paid all property taxes and insurance. The plaintiffs also rented out the property to different parties at various times and collected the rent.

The types of maintenance, repairs, upgrades, and landscaping performed by the plaintiffs was extensive. They made improvements to the siding, windows, and electric system; drilled a new well; ...

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  • July 28, 2022

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