Acquisition by Adverse Possession Self-Quiz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The state of Utopia has an adverse possession Statute of Limitations of 20 years. Virtue and Sneak own Whiteacre, a parcel of land that is located in Utopia, as joint tenants. One day, Virtue takes a business trip to Shangri-la. He remains there for 25 years. During that time, Sneak lives in sole possession of Whiteacre. When Virtue gets back, Sneak claims that he has acquired title to Whiteacre through adverse possession. Is Sneak correct?
Choice 1 Yes; because Sneak’s possession was actual and continuous
Choice 2 Yes; because Virtue had the duty to move to eject Sneak before the 20 years elapsed
Choice 3 No; because Sneak’s possession was not open because Virtue was out of town during the possession
Choice 4 No; because Sneak’s possession was not hostile to Virtue’s ownership in Whiteacre
The state of Utopia has an adverse possession Statute of Limitations of 20 years. Virtue owns Whiteacre, a parcel of land that is located in Utopia. One day, Virtue takes a business trip to Shangri-la. He remains there for 25 years. During that time, Sneak moves in to Whiteacre and he lives in sole possession of Whiteacre for the full 25 years. When Virtue gets back, Sneak claims that he has acquired title to Whiteacre through adverse possession. Is Sneak correct?
Choice 1 Yes; because Sneak’s possession satisfied all the elements of adverse possession
Choice 2 No; because Sneak never claimed that Virtue sold him Whiteacre
Choice 3 No; because Sneak’s possession was not open because Virtue was out of town during the possession
Choice 4 No; because it was not Virtue’s fault that he didn’t move to eject Sneak because he was out of town during the time of the adverse possession
The state of Utopia has an adverse possession Statute of Limitations of 20 years. Virtue owns Whiteacre, a parcel of land that is located in Utopia. Whiteacre spans 10 acres. Virtue lives on a one acre lot in the northeast corner of Whiteacre. One day, Sneak builds a house on a ½ acre lot in the southwest corner of Whiteacre and he lives in that house for 25 years. To what extent, if any, can Sneak gain title to Whiteacre by adverse possession?
Choice 1 Sneak cannot gain title to any part of Whiteacre, because he did not possess the entire premises.
Choice 2 Sneak can gain title only to the lot that he actually resided on
Choice 3 Sneak can gain title to the entire Whiteacre other than the part that Virtue lived on during the time of the adverse possession
Choice 4 Sneak can gain title to the entire Whiteacre
Tom Thumb is a midget who requires very little living space. Unfortunately, Tom’s size has hurt him in an attempt to make a living. In order to save himself rent money, Tom moves into the house of Rollie Fingers. To avoid detection, Tom takes up residence in Fingers’ attic, which, for Tom, is easily big enough to suit his living style. To avoid detection, every time Tom hears Fingers coming up to the attic, he hides in a small hole in the wall. Tom lives in the attic for 15 years in this manner. The period of limitations for adverse possession in Tom’s state is 10 years. One day Fingers finally catches Tom when he goes up to the attic in the middle of the night and finds Tom asleep on the floor. He wants to evict Tom. Can he do so?
Choice 1 No; because Tom isn’t hurting Fingers as is evidenced by the fact that he lived there for so long and Fingers never even noticed
Choice 2 No; because Tom acquired the attic by adverse possession
Choice 3 No; because Fingers was negligent in never searching the hole where Tom always hid
Choice 4 Yes
Dean and George are good friends. Dean lives in a big, white house in Dreamland. The statutory adverse possession period in Dreamland is 15 years. One day, George moves into one of the rooms in Dean’s house. Dean consents to George moving in. George stays in one room in the house for 20 years. Has George acquired the room via adverse possession?
Choice 1 Yes
Choice 2 No
Dean and George are good friends. Dean lives in a big, white house in Dreamland. The statutory adverse possession period in Dreamland is 15 years. One day, George moves into one of the rooms in Dean’s house. Dean tells George that he has to leave. Instead, George changes the locks to the room and stays in the room for 16 years. Has George acquired the room via adverse possession?
Choice 1 Yes
Choice 2 No
Ron owns a big White house in Never-Neverland. The statutory adverse possession period in Never-Neverland is 15 years. Ron does not live in his house, opting to live in a different one of his houses instead. On January 21, 1993, Bill moves into Ron’s house without permission and lives in the house until January 21, 2001. At that point George physically throws Bill out of the house and moves in himself. On January 1, 2009, Ron brings an action to evict George. George claims he now owns the house because he acquired it via adverse possession. Who owns the house?
Choice 1 George, because Ron did not complain for more than 15 years about adverse possession that was going on in the house
Choice 2 George, because he was in possession of the house when the period of limitations ran
Choice 3 Bill, because he started a period of adverse possession that lasted more than 15 years
Choice 4 Ron, because no one possessor possessed the house for more than 15 consecutive years
Winkin owns Littleacre, a house in Nirvana, which has an adverse possession limitations period of 10 years. In 1990, Nod moved onto Littleacre without permission. In 1995, Winkin sells Littleacre to Blinkin. Nod continues in possession of Littleacre until 2002, when Blinkin brings an ejectment action against Nod. Who owns Littleacre?
Choice 1 Winkin
Choice 2 Blinkin
Choice 3 Nod

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