Unclean Hands may be Used an Affirmative Defense to Adverse Possession Action

Plaintiff claimed she is in the 'business of adverse possession.' Plaintiff recorded a fake quitclaim deed with the County Records, in which plaintiff changed the tax billing address to his own address and commenced paying the taxes. Plaintiff also placed no trespassing signs on the property. The court found that changing the address to an address where owners could not reach was deceitful, and hence, could be used as an affirmative defense to the quiet title action.
Robin Mashal
Los Angeles, California
Commercial Litigation
(310) 286-2000

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