Knoxville, TN asked in Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Tennessee

Q: Land, with no living owners, no one paying taxes on it, can someone else catch up the taxes and aquire the land?

Both owners have died and no one has claimed the land or paid taxes on it in at least 3 years. How can someone else legally acquire the property?

1 Lawyer Answer
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery
  • Real Estate Law Lawyer
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: A title search is a must here. Then you will know who the owners are now. Also contact the Tax Assessor about when a Tax Sale might occur. Ultimately you may be able to get a Deed from the owners or buy at the Tax Sale, for which you will need an attorney to actually put the property in your name. Paying the taxes now is a gift to the owners.

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