Q: I bought some land through a county tax sale and I thought I got it free and clear from the county.
The county issued a new deed of trust to me. After 4 months I started getting a bill showing that I also owed over $4,000 of the past persons bill as well, before I even requested billing from the water company. The water company is saying that they have a perpetual lien against my property. How is this cleared up?
A: Your unfortunate situation is a textbook example why non-lawyers should always ask an experienced lawyer before they do something they have never done before. Unless you can somehow convince the water company to let you off their very sharp-barbed hook you are stuck. And no one else (who has a lawyer) will buy the land from you either.
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