Whether or not you can take property by adverse possession is not a simple question. It is still available and legal to do. However, you must comply with all of the requirements of adverse possession. I don't know all of the specific requirements of New York, but in general, you'll have to pay the property taxes, not be a tenant, live at the property for a minimum number of years, maintain the property, etc. To finally take title to the property after you've met the requirements and period of time, you have to sue in a quiet title action.
May 11, 2015