hostile possession


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Related to hostile possession: Adverse possession, open and notorious

hostile possession

n. occupancy of a piece of real property coupled with a claim of ownership (which may be implied by actions, such as putting in a fence) over anyone, including the holder of recorded title. It may be an element of gaining title through long-term adverse possession or claiming real estate which has no known owner. (See: adverse possession, quiet title action)

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Simultaneously, the court dismissed the allegation of the children of the deceased heir that they acquired rights over the land through hostile possession, since it contradicted their allegation that the ownership of the land was acquired with the consent of the other heirs.
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Under that law, a party can take possession of property if it can show "an honest belief" that it owned the land, as well as "clear and convincing proof of actual, open, notorious, exclusive, continuous, and hostile possession" for at least 10 years.