Adverse possession; abolition. (SB67)

Introduced By

Sen. Don McEachin (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. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/04/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10103188D
01/04/2010Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/12/2010Assigned Courts sub: Civil
02/08/2010Continued to 2011 in Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2010Subject matter referred by letter to Virginia Bar Association pursuant to Senate Rule 20 (L).

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB219.

Comments, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

I'm trying to figure out the rationale for abolishing adverse possession. What is the impetus for bringing this bill forward? How many times in the past decade as adverse possession been applied/used?

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.