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Old 11-12-2007, 06:41 PM
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From what I understand this guy and his wife in Boulder bought a couple lots up in Boulder 23 years ago. They have paid the annual taxes, monthly HOA dues, etc for 23 years. They left the lots vacant with plans to build their dream home on the lots, not that it matters as many people buy land and leave it "empty"

Now, the people that live next door (a now retired judge) to one of the vacant lots has successfully taken the owners to court and WON part of that land under something called "adverse possession". They claim that they have been using the land (trespassing) for the last 20+ years and therefore they claimed ownership to it and won...

I'm stunned to say the least

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Old 11-12-2007, 07:10 PM
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that is amazing. what a way to treat your neighbor..
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Old 11-12-2007, 07:46 PM
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Thats just a sad
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Old 11-12-2007, 07:58 PM
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I can't remember ever seeing someone actually exercise squatter's rights and win. I always thought they had to have an established residence on the land in question for it to even be an option. What a load of crap.
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Old 11-12-2007, 08:09 PM
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Lesson learned, Build a giant fence, buy a trailer home, and lawn chair on which to to sit, shotgun in hand to keep your f-n neighbors out.
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Old 11-12-2007, 08:21 PM
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Happens all the time. I think the law is if you have used or have fenced in an area for 18 or more years it's yours. The judge's wife is a lawyer as well. Sneaky SOBs.
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Old 11-12-2007, 08:44 PM
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Wow....I'm going to invest now in some fencing, go fence off some desolate areas of national forest, and wait.... then I will speak up in 18 years, try to claim my land, and see if the law changes....if not I'll have my retirement stash in hand!
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Old 11-12-2007, 09:45 PM
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Its actually got nothing to do with "Boulder" per se. Its a state law. There was a nice editorial in the paper today pointing out how Bob Greenlee, the local conservative pundit, was trying to twist it into something the progressives had created.
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Old 11-12-2007, 10:19 PM
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We had a guy trying to do that at my family's cabin near allenspark. He put his fence right over our property. Once we noticed it, we torn that part of the fence down.

In Colorado, it takes 18 years to have someone's property advesely possessed (without the owners consent) and 7 years if you pay their property taxes. It is very legal and people do it more than you would think. Also certain conditions must be met for this to happen.
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