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  on Aug 11, 2015

What Are Squatters Rights in Connecticut

Adverse possession is a method of acquiring a title deed to property when no transaction of sale has been completed. Often referred to as squatting, these squatter's rights in Connecticut are difficult, but not impossible, to fulfill so that a claim can be filed. Since 1996, Connecticut has revised the statutes involved adverse possession three times. In general, it takes 15 years for squatters to be able to make an adverse possession claim and that occupation must be continuous in nature. Certain types of properties (investor-owned water companies, non-profit organization properties, and lands under conservation) do not quality.

Property Owners Must Notify Squatters of Interruption

What makes Connecticut's squatters rights unique in the US is the fact that the property owner must notify those who are attempting an adverse possession claim that they are interrupting the process of the claim. This notification must take place and must also be placed within the land records of the local county in order to prevent acquisition through adverse possession. Squatters who are attempting to create an adverse possession claim must possess the property in question openly and without permission of the property owner. Adverse use in Connecticut is also defined as having enjoyment of the property that continues in an uninterrupted fashion. There is not a period of time for response in an adverse possession claim in other states as Connecticut sees the 15 years as being long enough to challenge a hostile occupation.

There Is No Need for Property Tax Payments

For squatters to have an adverse possession claim in many states, they must be able to prove they have paid property taxes over a number of years. This is not the case in Connecticut. As long as the squatters are living in and maintaining the property as their own, then this qualifies for a claim if the possession of the property is 15 years or greater. The property must not be being used in order for squatters to begin the process of an adverse possession claim. It must be abandoned and not being used, otherwise Connecticut statutes may consider the actions of squatters to be criminal trespassing. Property owners can protect their rights by serving written notice on any squatters that may be present that they contest the actions of adverse possession. This eliminates the ability to make a claim now or in the future on that parcel of property, though it will not evict the squatters from the property. The eviction process must be followed afterward to accomplish this. Squatters rights in Connecticut have changed in recent years, so be sure to stay up to date with current laws if you have property you are concerned about. Inspect it regularly, serve notice if necessary, and this will protect individual property rights.


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