Detroit, MI asked in Real Estate Law for Ohio

Q: How do I acquire an abandoned property?

Taxes are delinquent $539.34.

All information on the owner goes back to the address of the abandoned property.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: If you cannot track down the owner, then the county will eventually file foreclosure for unpaid real estate taxes. But that could take a long time for such a low amount - maybe years. Ask the county treasurer when that might happen. A person cannot acquire a property simply by paying its delinquent taxes. So search the name of the owner on the internet or with a search service, or hire an investigator, and try to locate the owner to make a purchase offer. If the property is abandoned and falls into disrepair, the city could condemn it, tear it down, and add the demolition costs to the unpaid tax amount for the foreclosure of the vacant land.

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