Q: Do the 7yrs in adverse possession claim in Florida starts the date of actual possession or the date you file the claim?
The date of actual possession.
You refer to Florida Statute 95.18 Real property actions; adverse possession without color of title (one of the two adverse possession statutes in Florida):
"(1) When the possessor has been in actual continued possession of real property for 7 years under a claim of title exclusive of any other right, but not founded on a written instrument, judgment, or decree, or when those under whom the possessor claims meet these criteria, the property actually possessed is held adversely if the person claiming adverse possession:
(a) Paid, subject to s. 197.3335, all outstanding taxes ... levied against the property ... within 1 year after entering into possession;
(b) Made a return, as required under subsection (3), ... ; and
(c) Has subsequently paid, ... all taxes ... all remaining years necessary to establish a claim of adverse possession.
(3) A person claiming adverse possession under this section must make a return of the property by providing to the property appraiser a uniform return on a form provided by the Department of Revenue. ..."
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