As of 2016, New York's laws concerning squatters' rights include that claimants cannot share the possessed land and must occupy it continuously for at least 10 years, according to Geeks On Finance. Also known as adverse possession, these laws are strict in assuring that squatters adhere to all mandates.
Claimants must occupy the land in an open and obvious manner so that the owners are aware of the occupation, and they cannot share the property with others, including the rightful owner. Geeks On Finance states that New York law requires squatters to fulfill the 10-year mandate without interruption. In 2007, the state legislature passed a claim of right requirement, which asserts that squatters must believe the property is unoccupied.