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Usucapião Urbano: Akin to the legal concept of ‘adverse possession’, usucapião urbano is a legal instrument that makes it possible to establish incontestable title of ownership for residents who have squatted continuously for five years or more on small lots of private urban land, given no legitimate opposition to the change in title. It elaborates Article 182 of the 1988 Constitution concerning the social function of property. It is closely linked to the concept of subordinating property rights to the collective interest, and it has promoted the social function of land in favour of low-income squatters when they de facto create a social function of habitation on an otherwise unused or neglected piece of land.

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