Continuous-Adverse-Use Principle Law and Legal Definition

Continuous adverse use principle is a rule of real estate law that uninterrupted use of land along with the other elements of adverse possession will give rise to a successful claim for adverse possession. Adverse possession is a means by which someone may acquire title to the land of another through certain acts over a defined period of time. The exact elements of an adverse possession claim may be different in each state. A person claiming ownership through adverse possession must show that the possession is actual, open, notorious, exclusive, hostile, under cover of claim or right, and continuous and uninterrupted for the statutory period.