Hyattsville, MD asked in Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate Law and Criminal Law for Maryland

Q: Adverse Possession Can A Owner Break Into A Building On The Land And Change The Locks If Not What Would Happen Regarding

A Owner Break Into A Building That I Adverse Possession And Changed The Locks. And A Time A Renter Of A Bissnesses On The Land Of The Same Campus Broke Into The Same Building On The Land And Stole The Water Heater Turned Off The Water/ And Close The Building Up. Also What Are The Owns Rights Regarding Adverse Possession Not Squatting Rights.

2 Lawyer Answers
Eric Todd Kirk
Eric Todd Kirk
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: The thrust of this question seems to concern property rights, and I would suggest your reposting it under the heading real estate/real property.

Thomas C. Valkenet
Thomas C. Valkenet
Answered
  • Real Estate Law Lawyer
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: Same response as before- Unless you have a court order granting ownership and a deed based on adverse possession, you remain a mere trespasser who may have a claim of adverse possession.

In Maryland, a claim for adverse possession must be proven, in an evidentiary hearing. It is not automatic.

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