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    Accession is a common law doctrine where a property owner has the right to any improvements made to his land.

    Foncello, Martin J. “Adverse Possession and Takings Seldom Compensation for Chance Happenings.” Seton Hall L. Rev. 35 (2004): 667.

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    Accession is defined as “[a] property owner’s right to all that is added to land, naturally or by labor, including land left by floods and improvements made by another.”

    BLACK’S LAW DICTIONARY 13 (7th ed. 1999). Cited in: Foncello, Martin J. “Adverse Possession and Takings Seldom Compensation for Chance Happenings.” Seton Hall L. Rev. 35 (2004): 667.


The modern trend among jurisdictions is to mitigate the harsh application of this doctrine by either legislative reform (“occupying claimant” or “betterment” acts) or judicial decisions emphasizing fairness to the innocent improver.Foncello, Martin J. "Adverse Possession and Takings Seldom Compensation for Chance Happenings." Seton Hall L. Rev. 35 (2004): 667.