Re: Claiming Land by Adverse Possession in North Carolina
Yes, I'm sure you have seen many Quit Claim Deeds on file, and no doubt most, if not all were valid in conveying some manner of title.
What it looks like you are proposing here is that you file QCDs with you as the grantee 9the person receiving title). But who would be the grantor? No deed is valid without a valid grantor. Therefore, if you were to file QCDs with you as both grantee and grantor, no valid title interest is conveyed. It wouldn't matter what deed form you filed. In any case, you have no current valid title interest and so have nothing to convey. It is doubtful that the County would even permit a deed from a person to oneself to be filed anyway. If you did have any valid title interest, then granting that interest to yourself would be pointless and serve only to confuse other valid records in the system.
In LS's first post, he made the point that many of these "holes" apparent on paper probably exist only on paper or in the County GIS. If a competent surveyor were to actually survey the boundaries where these "holes" exist, other than in cases where there was a parcel deliberatley retained by the now dissolved company, any land would actually be found to be a part of one parcel or another, or a combination thereof of parcels around the "hole". These holes or gaps are often formed on tax maps or GIS because of deficient measurements in the existent records of the surrounding properties and in reality, do not exist.
Parcels designated as open space were almost certainly so designated as a condition of approval of a land subdivision or other development. As such, they have almost no value to a private owner. If you were to somehow gain ownership of one of these, you would gain the satisfaction of knowing that you are preserving some little green space for the birds and bunnies to live in amongst the urban sprawl, gain the liability of otherwise maintaining the property in a safe and clean condition, and have the civic satisfaction of keeping up with any tax libility that goes with the property. As a designated open space parcel, you would not have any development rights and therefore have an essentially unmarketable (not technically, but actually worthless in the marketplace) parcel.
If some of these other "holes" do happen to be actual real parcels on the ground, again LS gave you the only viable routes for you or any non-adjacent owner to gain title: 1. Find out which person or entity gained title and offer to buy it. Someone owns it. Could be the last owners of the dissolved company, a receiver company assigned by a court to dispose of the dissolved company's assets and pay off creditors (most likely), or creditors who received the property in judgment or under some other agreement which was never or has not yet been perfected in title by having a deed filed. or 2. Wait for the properties to go into tax foreclosure and buy them at auction.
Claims by AP will most readily be available to those holding title to adjoining properties and making actual use of any property that may exist in the gaps. If any of the real parcels go into tax foreclosure before those landowners perfect any claims of AP, they lose the ability to do so from that point forward.
In short, there is virtually no way you are going to be able to get something for nothing out of these apparent or real gaps in title.
I'm a surveyor, not your surveyor & not an attorney.
Advice is general survey, not legal. Hire a local professional for specific advice.