I have a worker that helps me maintain my home and 16 acres. He also lives in a motor home on the
property, I have heard rumors that he could claim at least some of the property Vancouver, WA as his own after a certain amount of time,
Your worker probably cannot claim ownership, regardless of how long he lives on your property. The legal rule that applies here is called adverse possession. Generally, a person may only obtain ownership of land by means of a written deed from the previous owner. Adverse possession is the exception. In a nutshell, even without a deed a person may obtain ownership of land by possessing it for 10 years. The possession of the land must meet certain requirements, the most important of which is that it must be hostile to the owner's rights. In this context, hostile does not mean with ill will. It simply means that, considering all the circumstances of the case, the possession is of such a nature that an owner of the land would normally object to it. Hostility does not exist where the owner has given permission to the person who is in possession. If you gave your worker permission to live in his motor home on your property, it is unlikely that he would be able to claim adverse possession, regardless of how long he lives there. There are other requirements for an adverse possession claim as well. This area of law is complex, and you may want to specifically consult with a lawyer who has experience with adverse possession.
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