quiet title action

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A quiet title action is a special legal proceeding to determine ownership of real property.  A party with a claim of ownership to land can file an action to quiet title, which serves as a sort of lawsuit against anyone and everyone else who has a claim to the land.  If the owner prevails in the quiet title action, no further challenges to the title can be brought. 

In Siskos v. Britz, 567 Pa. 689, the court laid out the conditions under which a quiet title action may be filed. It was held that “a party can file an action to quiet title, where an action of ejectment will not lie, when the party is not in possession, does not have the right to possess the land, and wishes to determine all rights in the land”. 

[Last updated in March of 2022 by the Wex Definitions Team]