Rockville, MD asked in Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Maryland

Q: In the state of Maryland, if my neighbor is claims adverse possession on piece of my land. Who pays the taxes?

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Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg
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  • Potomac, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: You are completely confused about the concept of adverse possession, and your confusion is very likely to deprive you of your property. Get a lawyer!

Adverse possession is a defense. Think: Statute of Limitations. If you've let someone possess your property openly and adversely continuously for the requisite time in a hostile manner, you may not be allowed to defend your title. The claim almost always loses when defended properly. It is your property until a court says you cannot defend it. But, if you don't pay the taxes on your property, what do you think happens?

Get a lawyer.

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