August 20, 2012 by stpaulhaus
Check out this vacant strip of land next to our home that is actually owner by a man in Indiana.
We have lived here for 3 years, and it never once has been mowed/shoveled by the owner. The taxes haven’t been paid in 6 years either. Our plan was it wait until the state took hold of the property due to tax delinquency (scheduled to happen July 31st of this year), then purchase it from the state. When the state acquires a property like this, it will assess the property and determine its best use which often means contacting the adjacent property owners to see if anyone is interested in absorbing the lot–usually for the amount of the back taxes or well below market value. If the adjoining property owners are not interested, it will go up for auction.
I have been in contact with the county over the past year regarding this property, and they were aware of our intentions. Everything seemed to be going as planned, but after 6 years of not paying the taxes or maintaining the property, the owner finally decided to pay his taxes on it. Most likely after having received a letter from the county stating that if he didn’t pay the taxes it would be taken from him. 😦
I could not be more disappointed.
I guess the next step would be to contact the owner directly and see if he would be willing to sell. I am reluctant to do so, because I have no interest in paying market value (or above) for this small strip of unbuildable land. I may have to let this one go.
We still have a decent sized yard without it, but this does put a damper on my sports court vision. I wanted a lawn that could be used for croquet, volleyball, and lawn bowling.
*Sigh* Aw well. I guess we won’t need to install any stairs down to the lot. 😦