Asked in Tax Law, Foreclosure and Real Estate Law for Tennessee

Q: In a property tax sale do all interested parties need to be notified of the county tax suit, and the tax sale itself?

The property was purchased on the greenbelt in the 90’s, last year while cutting timber on said property, police showed up and told me I need to stop cutting because I didn’t own the property. Apparently 7 years ago the property was taken off of the greenbelt clause making me delinquent on the property taxes. Now the property has been sold at auction and the buyer who is also the owner of the auction company is asking for an unreasonable and impossible amount of money or I’ll be evicted.

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Anthony M. Avery
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A: There is a lot more to this than simply getting notice of Delinquent Taxes. Hire a competent attorney to search the Title. The Redemption period is probably past, but the alleged owner may only have a Bill of Sale, not a Deed. An Ejectment Action may be possible. The legal description should be examined also. But it does sound like you did not pay taxes.

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