Andrew Parker wrote:I agree, adverse possession is theft. Purchasing a property at a tax sale is perfectly legitimate. Title is withheld for a period of years, varying from state to state, to give the owner a chance to reclaim the property before permanent transfer of the title. That is the only legal squatting that I am aware of. In some cases the local sheriff is used to evict the tax delinquent owner from the property. Most property sold at tax sales are abandoned..