Legal Question in Real Estate Law in Virginia

Homestead/Squatters laws (rights)

We have been told that in the state of Virginia if you live some place for 30 consecutive days, with no problems, this land and/or house legally belongs to you. Is this in fact a true statement? We have been living where we are for 1 1/2 years without a lease. We have a double wide home sitting on 8.81 acres.

We would appreciate any information available to us.

Asked on 9/03/03, 9:55 am

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Michael E. Hendrickson Attorney & Counsellor at Law
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Re: Homestead/Squatters laws (rights)

Adverse possession rights do not accrue in Virginia until somewhere around 14 years or so have elapsed of such open and notorious possession.

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Answered on 9/03/03, 10:53 am

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