Q: can a friend (non relative) make claim on property that does not have any heirs
A: Claim based on what? There are probably some heirs at law. You might want to figure out who they are, then establish heirship. Then have the heirs convey the property to you for a small consideration. But a tax sale is the best option, as the taxes have to be paid anyway. Hire a competent attorney for this.
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