We just found out that the next door neighbor bought my neighbor's home at a tax auction. Is it legal for this neighbor to combine the two properties for tax purposes before my neighbor has even been evicted?
The municipality would have to consent. The fat that the former owner still occupies the property is not an issue.
Occupancy of the property has nothing to do with this. the person who purchased at auction is the owner and can do whatever the law allows with the property. In many jurisdictions if title to two adjacent properties are held by the same party the properties get merged automatically. If the new owner wants to merge the property with another property that is his prerogative.
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