I just made my rounds this morning regarding the big mess that I have here with Bro.
I spoke to the town CFO who was the tax collector.
He suggested that I could get this house split into 2 condos -- 1 up and one down --- and he would be responsible for paying his condo property tax on the apartment upstairs he is in and I'd have my place down here as a condo, also
That's one thing: we have a full lot next door to the house that is large enough to build a home on; currently it holds the driveway and a garage. What happens to the lot and garage? Everything is on one tax bill: the house and the driveway.
It is a long process to take a house for outstanding taxes -- he said I have a full year to resolve the unpaid taxes; next year they'd run a "tax sale" for 2013 if nothing from this year is paid up.
"If I might ask and not be nosy, how old is he?" he wanted to know -- he figures this is probably some young kid who doesn't know very much or is just flighty. I gave him Bro's age. Ha.
What happens to the lot and if I want to sell this "condo"? I'd lose money on this deal --- condo versus a 2 family home. And the 2 family home is worth much more than 2 condos --- I figure at best if I took this condo, the place might be worth 200K. This house is worth at least 3 and a half times as much; there is a big lot next door, the one with the garage. There is also a very large unfinished basement. I don't think it would be worth much sense for this place to go condo. It'd be a money losing deal.
I have a call in to an attorney --- I am hearing "so far" that if I have no proof that he did not physically pay, I am out of luck. Nothin' doin' until I hear it from a reliable legal source.
No proof that he didn't pay? Even companies will send you a past due notice if you don't pay up! How do I "prove" definitively he did not pay??? There's no written agreement and even if there was, he could still break the agreement. And besides, I don't even know if a written agreement would be considered legal and binding for the owners of a 2 family home.
That's what I have so far.
This is a mess and a big one. Waiting to hear what the attorney advises.