My Father who is 82 years old and needs money for medical expenses and owns a vacant lot in a subdivision very near Republic Services land fill (Allen County, Wayne Township). Republic owns all the lots in this subdivision aside from just a few, as well as big acreage around the subdivision. They even purchased lots with houses on them over the years. I tried to sell his lot through a Realtor on the MLS and listed it on Zillow over the last 2 years. Nobody wants this lot. No public utilities are available and it would require well and septic. With the land fill so near, I believe, nobody wants to buy it. How do I get Republic Services to buy it. My Dad can't keep paying property taxes on it. Local township has been no help and Republic Services doesn't respond to voice messages or emails.
You can not force a private party to purchase someone else's private property. Occasionally, you can force a public entity, such as a municipality, to purchase property under an "inverse condemnation" claim. Those can proceed if the governmental entity has done things which significantly diminish the value of the private property. They are based on constitutional law because the government is essentially taking private property without just compensation. Such claims do not typically apply to private entities unless their activities are so intertwined with the government that the action of one is tantamount to the action of the other. Finally, while it is conceivable that you could make a claim against a private land-fill operator, the cost of such litigation may well exceed the value of the property. You should consult with an experienced land-use attorney to see if you have a claim worth pursuing.
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