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Texas Property Rights - Squatter?

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We purchased 1 acre with a house 16 years ago in Collin County, TX. It was originally part of a 12 acre plot of land. The owners carved out an acre with the house they were living in. They built another house on the remaining 11 acres. Going into closing, it was discovered that the property owners did not survey the 1 acre. We had to wait for that to be completed. It was and we purchased the property. The caveat being the owners eyeballed the 1 acre along an original fence line when they listed the house & property. Once the survey was completed we discovered that 2 of the fence lines were approximately 10 -15 feet into the owners surrounding property. This was pointed out at closing but the owners didn't want to move the fence so they told us not to worry about it, they might move the fence one day or sell us the property. About 5 years after buying the property the owners decided to move the fence. They got as far as putting the fence poles up, again eyeballing the location and not getting another survey. Due to a series of tragic events (the Husband and their oldest son passed away within weeks of each other) and the fence was never completed (only the poles were installed). The surviving Wife remained in the house another 2 years then sold the property (owner financed). At some point the new owners paid off their loan to the previous owner and financed the property  (11 acres surround my 1 acre). The original owner told us that she informed the new owner that the fence was actually on his property. We have been keeping up the strip of land for the past 16 years. There is a pear tree near the property line as well as a peach tree. We also planted blueberries but that only lasted a year. I also installed a water main cutoff valve in the corner of the property , but it is not actually within our property boundaries. We mow and trim the grass. One of the fences on the backside of the property is rotted and has fallen over. My question: Do I have any legal right according to Texas law to that strip of property? Thank you.

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2 hours ago, chiefmot said:

Do I have any legal right according to Texas law to that strip of property?

 

You've been using the strip with the knowledge and constructive consent of the other owners so you have no rights under adverse possession.

 

What I suggest you do is put up fences on your property lines, the lines delineated by your survey and forget about that strip and the other fences. You should have done that a long time ago.

 

 

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