I own farmland with members of my family. The land is owned and titled to 3 people. 1 of the parties has made no payments towards taxes since 2005. She is refusing to respond to correspondence regarding issues with the farm and her portion of the property. Is there a way that the remaining parties could either sue the party for the taxes or to have her removed from the their ownership portion of the the property.
Real Estate Attorney
I would suggest taking advantage of the Find a Lawyer tab at the top of the page to locate a real estate attorney in your area. You may be able to accomplish your goals with a partition action. I am not licensed in Virginia, so there may be other options as well. In any event, a consultation with a knowledgeable attorney will be a good starting point.
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Contracts / Agreements Lawyer
Real property titled to several individuals with equal rights is considered a legal co-tenancy. Co-tenants have rights and owe duties to each other. One of those duties is to pay property taxes--subject to a handful of exceptions (e.g., residency/possession, etc.). Breach of this duty may lead to an enforcement action--i.e., a civil action for partition with accounting as indicated by my colleague. For this reason, I suggest speaking with a local attorney to flush the issues and address the duties, exceptions, and rights of each co-tenant.