Adverse possession; abolition. (HB219)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Adverse possession; abolition.  Abolishes adverse possession as a cause of action or a defense if arising on or after July 1, 2010. Amends § 55-171, § 57-17, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10103073D
01/08/2010Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/15/2010Assigned Courts sub: Civil
01/18/2010Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2011
01/22/2010Continued to 2011 in Courts of Justice

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB67.


Chris McKie writes:

Washington State also has a bill, HB 1479, which would also eliminate adverse possession. To the post above, adverse possession (aka, "legalized land theft") happens much more than you would think! In Washington state alone, approximately 1,000 cases are filed each year. Adverse possession is an antiquated, arcane and unjust law -- and the only proponents for it are lawyers who stand to make thousands of dollars per case! Adverse possession needs to be abolished now.