PBA Opposed to Pennsylvania Bill to Reduce Adverse Possession Years

PBA Opposed to Pennsylvania Bill to Reduce Adverse Possession Years

Intended to reduce blight, Pennsylvania House Bill 1322 would significantly cut the number of years required to establish ownership by adverse possession for real property. Applicable in cases involving an occupied single family dwelling on a lot of one acre or less when the unimproved land is incidental to the residence, HB 1322 would reduce the requirement from 21 years to 10 years. Read the entire bill in its current form.
On September 30, 2009, Arnold Kogan and Louis Kodumal of the PBA Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section testified on behalf of the PBA (Pennsylvania Bar Association) before the House Urban Affairs Committee. Speaking out in opposition to HB 1322, Kodumal and Kogan testified that property rights and public policy concerns are implicated by the prospective legislation and that other tools are better suited to address blight.

A copy of the testimony is available by e-mail from the PBA Legislative Department. Additional information about bills and state Capitol happenings of interest to the PBA is available by e-mailing the PBA Legislative Department and by checking the PBA Legislative Boxscore.