PICAYUNE, Mississippi (WLOX / Gray News) – A family said they received notice that their home was sold for $ 236 in a backlog of tax sale, but the sale was made in error.
Now they are hoping for a solution that will allow them to keep their house in Mississippi, as well as their money after the real estate agency Viking Investments bought the property.
“At the moment, I don’t own my house. Viking Investments does it, ”Picayune’s Tiffany Ingram told WLOX. “I owned the land next to the house and not the land on which the house stood. “
It looks like the builder, Benchmark Home Builders, built the house on the wrong lot. Since the builder sold the house, the business has stopped paying taxes. Ingram, however, was paying taxes on an imaginary house nearby.
Documents from the Pearl River County tax assessor show that there were homes on both lots on the subdivision, although one was clearly empty.
“They documented that there was a house on the vacant lot and a house, obviously, where my house is instead of fixing it and saying the house was in the wrong place,” Ingram said.
During this time, the overdue tax notices were not handed over to anyone and the county put the land up for sale.
Ingram said she found the note on her front door from Viking Investments stating the family had three days to leave. To make matters worse, they had recently put the house up for sale and the ownership dispute led to several potential buyers pulling out.
Ingram said she was not getting responses from the county, the builder or the investment firm that now owns her home.
WLOX spoke to the developer and investor who purchased the property. The two said they would find a way to fix the issue without Ingram losing his house or money.
A Pearl River County official said the tax sale will be canceled, but the transfer of title will be more difficult.
“No one called me and said ‘Hey, Ms. Ingram, here’s what we’re doing to fix this. We take care of it. Do not panic. No one contacted me, ”she said.
The county tax assessor returned comments to the county attorney on how an empty lot was assessed as if there was a house on the lot. The county attorney did not return a request for comment.
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