When is the possession of your property in danger?
Through a few of my posts I have covered the importance of possession, but apparently the subject requires further discussion.
It is also apparent that this subject is becoming increasingly important in some areas of Vieques and warrants further discussion. This time, I am going to begin with a question.
What would you do if one day ou came back to your home and found a stranger claiming possession or ownership of your property?
You would not stand by and do nothing, right? The same standard applies to properties in Puerto Rico even if there is no house or structure built upon it. If your possession is interrupted you need to take action.
Usually, in my experience, when someone has had its possession interrupted it is because the person did not take care of the property in the first place. Fortunately there is always an oorotunity to handle rhe situation if confronted in a timely fashion.
Possession is something that requires action of one kind or another. If it is land, it needs to be cleared with some regularity and the fences kept in good shape. Of there is a house, even if abandoned it needs to be looked after. Another option is to have someone visit the property every now and then and report back to you on its condition.
Juat note that you have to do something with your property, or you may be literally leaving the door open for someone else to do something, regardless if the property is titled or not.
If your possession has been snatched by someone, you can take action to snatch it right back to you, but it requires diligent motion on your part.
As a final note, nothing here is meant to promote the use of violence. There are many legal tools available to enforce your rights at any given time.
One note of caution: besides remaining motionless, time can be your worst enemy.
I hope this helps.
Santiago F. Lampón