Bernstein Shur attorney Suzanne Breselor Lowell provides insights for WGME’s I-Team on adverse possession and ‘squatters rights’?
Real estate attorney, Suzanne Breselor Lowell joined WGME’s Dan Lampariello with CBS13 I-Team to discuss laws pertaining to property rights and protections in Maine. “Adverse Possession laws, which are sometimes referred to as “squatter’s rights,” are on the book in many states across the country, including in Maine”.
“The theory behind adverse possession goes way way back in the common law,” said Breselor Lowell, “Basically, whoever was making the best use of the property should own it and if you were such a derelict and negligent owner of a property that you didn’t notice that someone was camped out on your land, well then maybe the squatter has more rights to it than you do after a certain period of time.”
In Maine, that period of time is 20 years.
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