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by CHARLENE PERRY | 2012/08/02 |

As a title agent with more than 25 years experience behind me I have heard many tales of adverse possession.  I never thought I would be a victim of adverse possesion myself, but sadly, I find that my property has been used, for some time evidently, by others for their enjoyment, without my knowledge, by actual, open, hostile, and continuous possession I need to file a title claim.



My husband and I share a peaceful home life on our 17 acre parcel of property with many of God's creatures and for the most part they leave us alone and we leave them alone.  There have been those rare occassions when we have had to remove (humanly) some of the inhabitants of our little slice of land, but those have been rare over the years. 

I personally don't like anything that even closely resembles a mouse, rat or other rodent and in fact I actually have a phobia about such creatures.  As such, my husband is constantly taking steps to insure that there are no rodent like creatures near the actual "homestead" which area contains about 2 acres.  Naturally, given that the entire property is backed by acres of woods and we have trees everywhere, the squirrels run amok in smallish "herds" but they really don't bother me and are kind of fun to watch. 

In addition to the squirrels I have actually given a "pass"" to ONE groundhog, whom I have nicknamed "Blondie" because his hair or whatever it's called is really light.  Blondie goes about his day seemingly always alone and he is also kind of fun to watch.  Well, now, Blondie has gone "off the reservation" and has evidently been fooling me all along. 

A few weeks ago my dear husband advised me that he had to set traps to eradicate what he deemed to be too many groundhogs in and around the homestead area; claiming that they were destructive and that they just had to go.  I questioned his position because I had only ever seen Blondie running around alone and had never seen any other groundhogs. 

WELL, upon further inspection it appears that Blondie has been abusing my good nature and has in fact been systematically moving his entire family onto the property without my knowledge or permission!!

The family unit which may have started out with only Blondie and his significant other has grown substanatially and now includes not only Blondie, his "wife" and "offspring", but evidently the in-laws with their progeny have decided to take up residence as well.   These critters are none too shy and have been blatently and systematically overtaking a 1/2 acre parcel, making it their own and enjoying life to the fullest!!


These critters have never pulled a permit to enable the construction of their homesite, they don't pay me any taxes or rent and they have not requested, nor been granted, an easement into my husband's vegetable garden.  I think I have a good claim.

Before I prepare the necessary documentation to prove my claim, my husband is going to attempt to remove all of the illegal occupants by using humane traps and relocating them.  As of today's count, he has removed 4 of the interlopers and he estimates there are least 8 more that simply have to go.   I can only hope that he leaves my little "Blondie" alone, but I fear that at this point he is not going to be as generous with Blondie as he might have been if Blondie had not tried to pull a fast one on us.


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I love it!

That is a great story.  And I have good news for you - Blondie cannot claim title by adverse possession.  You stated that you "have actually given a 'pass' to ONE groundhog, whom I have nicknamed 'Blondie.'"  Thus, because his possession was with your consent, it was not "hostile" and the clock has not started to run on his potential adverse possession claim.

On the down side, however, it would appear that Blondie is a tenant and you will have to give him the appropriate notice before you can file your forcible entry and detainer action to evict him. As this is Blondie's "residence," you most likely cannot use a self-help eviction.  You may be opening yourself up to statutory damages if you attempt to evict him without a court order.  I hope he doesn't know a good lawyer!  ;-)

STANDARD DISCLAIMER:  Of course, this is in no way legal advice, and you would be best advised to seek local counsel knowledgeable in landlord-tenant law.

Thank you for the fun post!

Robert A. Franco

by Robert Franco | 2012/08/02 | log in or register to post a reply

Thanks for the advice Robert!

You are absolutely correct!! Blondie is a tenant and I would have to evict his furry behind -:) I didn't even give that a thought

I am most certain that my husband has afforded him the appropriate "notice" by way of placing the traps near his home

Thanks for the response. I'm glad you had fun with this sad but true little story

by CHARLENE PERRY | 2012/08/02 | log in or register to post a reply

Causing problems for others ?

Don't you consider " using humane traps and relocating them." will just cause problems for your neighbors ?     Why not do the right thing and eliminate them?

Aren't you smart enough to think that  "As of today's count, he has removed 4 of the interlopers and he estimates there are least 8 more that simply have to go."   will possibly only result in those 12 and

many of their future offspring will return back to their "native land" in short order?

The only real solution is to take action to ensure that they will not be back. 

by george Hubka | 2012/08/06 | log in or register to post a reply

Your title claim is denied . . .


. . . as a post-policy matter and also by the rights or claims of parties in possession exception.


by Patrick Daly | 2012/08/06 | log in or register to post a reply

Causing problems for others


Maybe you missed the part about there being 17 acres of land?

She is only talking about removing them from the 2 acres that the home and garden sit on.

They still have 15 acres of land to build their new homes on, etc...



This was a wonderful story! Thank you.



by Jessica Talley | 2012/08/06 | log in or register to post a reply

Thanks to all

I hope you enjoyed my sad but true little story. 

@ Patrick-  LOL.  That was the quickest decision I have ever seen relating to a title claim!

@ George- We relocate them to another part of the property.  If they come back we will move them again -;)  No need for violence.  There's enough of that in this world to go around.  

by CHARLENE PERRY | 2012/08/07 | log in or register to post a reply

Great Story Charlene

I saw this just now.  Any further developments since August?  I got a great laugh from this.  Just what I needed on a cloudy wintry day!.


by S F Sandquist | 2012/11/26 | log in or register to post a reply



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