If I have been paying the taxes on a property for 5 years but do not have my name on deed, how can I the deed to this property?
Question Details: The owner passed away. The town turned off the unpaid utilities. I have been paying taxes on the land and trailer house for 5 years. The roof is collapsing due to leakage now but I still want the land.
Paying taxes on land does not give you the right to the land: you cannot take another's land by making payments for them. IF you openly (obviously), continuously (full time but for the occasion trip or vacation), exclusively (only you) and adversely (without permission) occupy the land for 10 years, you may be able to at point get title by bringing a court case for "adverse possession," but the owner can take steps (if she wants) to remove you and stop you from doing this at any time prior to the 10-year mark.
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