How can I get rid of a piece of property that has very little value?

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How can I get rid of a piece of property that has very little value?

My deceased fathers estate is on the deed. My brother and I are the only heirs.
We would have to file affidavit of heir-ship to change the deed. All of this
could cost more than it is worth. I have been paying the taxes on it for years,
but don’t want the hassle of dealing with the small propertywhich is about 5
hours away from me. Could I be sued by the county if I stop paying the taxes?
And if by stopping the payments will the property default to the county at some
point?

Asked on April 8, 2019 under Real Estate Law, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

1) If you are not on the deed, you have no obligation to pay taxes on it and will face no liability for not paying them. Only those on the deed (e.g. the estate, which is NOT the same as the heirs) are liable for taxes.
2) The county could seize the property for nonpayment of taxes at some point, but is not required to; they could leave it as part of the estate.


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