C hostile the occupation must be hostile and adverse

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c. Hostile. The occupation must be hostile and adverse to the interests of the true owner. If a landowner has given a person permission to use the property, the possession is not considered hostile. However, a landowner is not required to have actual knowledge of the occupation, so long as the occupation is adverse to the owner's property interests. For example, a landowner may be unaware that his neighbor's fence extends several feet over his property line. The occupation is sufficiently hostile, however, because the landowner has not given his neighbor permission to encroach upon his property in this manner. d. Statutory Period. Possession of the land must continue for the state's predetermined statutory period. The statutory period for adverse possession may be as short as three years or as long as twenty years.
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Many jurisdictions allow an adverse possessor to "tack on" his or her period of adverse possession to a previous possessor's period, so long as there is no lapse in time between the two occupations. A statutory period will not begin running if a landowner is an infant (below the age of majority), if the landowner is deemed insane, or if the landowner is incarcerated. If the landowner suffers from one of the above conditions during the statutory period, the statutory period will not be tolled and may continue uninterrupted.
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