New York State
REAL PROPERTY LAW (RPL)
Laws 1909, Chap. 52
TENURE OF REAL PROPERTY
Section 10. Capacity to hold real property.
11. Capacity to transfer real property.
15. Title through alien.
16. Liabilities of alien holders of real
17. Heirs of patriotic Indian.
18. Mines in Saint Lawrence county.
Sec. 10. Capacity to hold real property.
1. A citizen of the United States is capable of holding real
property within this state, and of taking the same by
descent, devise or purchase.
2. Aliens are empowered to take, hold, transmit, and dispose of
real property within this state in the same manner as native-
born citizens and their heirs and devisees take in the same
manner as citizens.
3. For the purpose of maintaining offices and places of
residence for its ambassadors and consular officers and for
its representatives at the United Nations, a foreign
government is empowered to hold, transmit and dispose of
real property within this state. Title to such property may
be taken either in the name of the foreign government or in
the name of its ambassador or consul or in the name of its
minister to the United Nations. If a conveyance of real
property is made to an ambassador or consul or minister of a
foreign government as such, or contains appropriate words
showing the intention to vest the title in the holder of the
office rather than in the named individual, the title to the
real property shall pass from time to time without any
further conveyance to the respective successors in such
office, who shall have full power to dispose of such
Sec. 11. Capacity to transfer real property.
A person other than a minor, a mentally retarded person, or
person of unsound mind, seized of or entitled to an estate or
interest in real property, may transfer such estate or interest.
Sec. 15. Title through alien.
The right, title or interest in or to real property in this state
now held or hereafter acquired by any person entitled to hold the
same can not be questioned or impeached by reason of the alienage
of any person through whom such title may have been derived.
Nothing in this Section affects or impairs the right of any heir,
devisee, mortgagee, or creditor by judgment or otherwise.
Sec. 16. Liabilities of alien holders of real property.
Every alien holding real property in this state is subject to
duties, assessments, taxes and burdens as if he were a citizen of
Sec. 17. Heirs of patriotic Indian.
The heirs of an Indian to whom real property was granted for
military services rendered during the war of the Revolution may
take and hold such real property by descent as if they were
citizens of the state at the time of the death of their
ancestors. A conveyance of such real property to a citizen of
this state, executed by such Indian or his heirs after March
seventh, eighteen hundred and nine, is valid, if executed with
the approval of the surveyor-general or state engineer and
surveyor prior to January first, nineteen hundred and twenty-
seven, and thereafter with the approval of the commissioner of
transportation indorsed thereon.
Sec. 18. Mines in Saint Lawrence county.
The proprietors of any mines or veins of lead or copper in the
county of Saint Lawrence, may demise, lease, or rent the same for
a period not to exceed twenty-one years from the date of any such
lease, to any foreign individual or company, and such lessee may
take, hold, work, use or convey the same during the said term, in
the same manner and subject to the same liabilities as if such
lessee were a natural born citizen.