What to do if back taxes owed were not disclosed to me?

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What to do if back taxes owed were not disclosed to me?

I took over a deceased family member’s home 6 years after his death. As another family member had been renting this property out, I thought all legal issues we’re resolved. However, the property is still in the deceased person’s name. Also, 2 years of back taxes that occurred while property was being rented out. None of these things were disclosed to me. Can the person who

was renting property out be held responsible?

Asked on July 13, 2018 under Real Estate Law, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

If the person who was "renting this property out" was not the owner of the property, he or she would generally have no obligations in regard to property taxes (either to pay them or disclose them) or in regards to title. A renter or property manager is only resonsible vis-a-vis the tenancy, not ownership, title, or taxes, unless there was some written agreement or lease making them responsible.


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