Traverse City, MI asked in Foreclosure, Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Michigan

Q: i bought a lot from the county that had been seized for back taxes.

The lot was own by the hoa, not the developer who was out of the picture. Since it was the hoa that lost the property I feel they have no claims to my property that I purchased in good faith. They claim I have to be in their hoa which I want no part of.

1 Lawyer Answer
Kenneth V Zichi
Kenneth V Zichi
  • Fowlerville, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: If the lot is included in the HOA and the HOA properly recorded that fact and the HOA still exists, you're likely 'out of luck'. If you didn't want to be part of a HOA you shouldn't have bought the property. Now, as a MEMBER of the HOA you can probably take steps to dissolve the organization. Have you looked at or even better yet, talked to an attorney who can read through the documents and provide a real opinion on your next 'best steps'?

You can always just sell the property for what you bought it for, or a little more even, and 'call it a day'. That may well be the best course of action rather than spending a LOT of time effort and money on legal challenges! Good luck.

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