Fairfield, AL asked in Tax Law and Real Estate Law for Alabama

Q: I bought a tax lein property from tax sale,owner sold it to me.I had title put in my name,sould I have to wait 3yrs.

I need to know if I legally own land,or do I wait 3 yrs to own it?It joins my land want to make it as one.I am 74 yo and pay no property tax,s.Owner sold to me after tax sale.Jefferson County ala.I am told I will have to pay tax,s and owner could possible get it back for tax,s. THANKS

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A: This is a very trick area of the law. It works like this (basicly) When a person fails to pay taxes on land after a certain period, anyone can pay the taxes. That payor gets a tax certificate to the property. After three years, that person gets a tax deed to the property. DON'T be fooled into thinking that the tax deed means the land is yours. IF the people who own the land are in peaceable or even scrambling possession of the land, then they can pay the taxes and get the land back. You should talk to a lawyer in your area who is familiar with property tax redemptions and such. DON'T think that you own that land in fee simple, without an action to quiet title -- you don't

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