Local Arrested for Adverse Possession

A Tampa Bay local was recently arrested for adverse possession. The sheriff's department discovered the offender at approximately 12:00 a.m. on August 15th, 2013. The offending party called the sheriff's station and filed a notarized adverse possession form at the appraiser's office in August.

The owner of the home where she was residing claimed that she had not given anyone possession to move into her vacant property. Yet the offending party had moved in and was occupying the space. The squatter says she was forced to move out of the home because of financial struggles. Eventually, she was able to negotiate with the banks so she could catch up on mortgage payments, and she was allowed to move back into her home shortly thereafter.

When she went to move in, she changed the locks on the residency and moved in with her husband and teenage children. She also activated the water and power services at the building. Still, the actual owner of the property had never given this family permission to move into the home. Adverse possession is a process whereby a person obtains an abandoned home that has been left in a certain state for a specific number of years.

While the terms of adverse possession vary from state to state, it is a way to deal with abandoned homes. The homeowner who was in charge of the property argued that she had not abandoned her home and that she was still watching over the property. The woman who filed for adverse possession was arrested at her new place of residency in Hillsborough County on August 15th. It is illegal to simply move into a home that has been abandoned or unused for a period of time. If you need more information about adverse possession crimes then contact a Tampa criminal defense attorney today!