Hostile Possession Law and Legal Definition

Hostile possession refers to possession of a piece of real property in derogation of the owner or others who have conflicting rights in property. It is possession with a declaration of ownership as against the original owner. Hostile possession may be asserted by actions like putting up a boundary wall in the property. Hostile possession will help the occupant to acquire title over a property which has no owner. An occupant of a property by hostile possession can claim title over the property by alleging adverse possession. Hostile possession is often a prerequisite to claiming ownership by adverse possession.