I have inherited a property in Italy where some family members live without a contract. Is this exposing me to any potential risk?

Yes, this is very much the case. According to Italian law, if someone has possession of a property for many years, without paying any rent, with the implicit consent of the legal owner he could be entitled to claim ownership in court. This legal procedure is called ‘usucapione’ the closest legal concept in common law would be limitations of action.

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