Monroe, LA asked in Divorce, Family Law, Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Louisiana

Q: Can a co owner who had exclusive use of the property stop paying the taxes on it let it sell in tax deed sale

1 Lawyer Answer
Ben F Meek III
Ben F Meek III

A: As co-owner you are jointly responsible for the taxes. Your agreement with your co-owner is not something the taxing authorities are a party to and they don't care about it. They can look to either of you or both of you to pay the taxes. And if you don't, they can attach and sell the property. Your remedy will probably only be with your co-owner - not the taxing authorities. So the short answer to your question is probably "yes" your co-owner can let it get sold in a tax sale. For a real answer for your specific situation, talk to an attorney where the property is. They can tell you if there is a flaw in the tax seizure and sale process or whether you have any remedies against your co-owner.

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