If you pay back taxes on a property, can you take over ownership?

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If you pay back taxes on a property, can you take over ownership?

My husband and I moved into my mother-in-laws house. We found out that she was behind several years in back taxes, we paid almost $20,000 and it had gone to chancery court.

Asked on April 13, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Tennessee

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Well yes, in some instances you can.   There are always issues of notice to the home owner and each state has laws regarding the ability of the homeowner to redeem the house (by paying the taxes ven after you hve paid them).  It sounds as if the state or county may have foreclosed the house for a tax lien. I would suggest you speak with an attorney to help sort it out.  Good luck.


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