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Squat Long Enough And Thou Shall Be Rewarded


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We’re guessing the Kirlins won’t be baking fresh cookies for their south Boulder neighbors of more than 25 years anytime soon. The Kirlins, Don and Susie, just lost about a third of a 4,750-square-foot parcel behind their home on Hardscrabble Drive. The reason: adverse possession. Neighbors Richard McLean and Edith Stevens proved they used the land as a shortcut to their property for at least 18 years, while the Kirlins never touched the vacant parcel. A judge ruled that this obscure law essentially gave the neighbors squatter’s rights.

What’s Next: The Kirlins will appeal the decision, and we hope the state legislature is taking notice and changes this archaic law.

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