Let's start with this. The property taxes are going to get paid. Technically the taxes owed prior to her death are owed by her estate and the taxes that have become due since her death are owed by whomever owns the house. You say she left it to you. When a lawyer hears that we think that you inherited it (as opposed to her deeding it to you during her lifetime). You could inherit it either of two ways in Texas. Either she had a Will and it said she left the house to you, or she did not have a Will and you are her only descendent (heir). In both of those situations there must be some type of probate proceeding (or alternative to probate) in order to clear title to the house. You do not mention any type of probate. Let me make a lawyer-like distinction here. Whomever inherited the house inherited it at the moment of your grandmother's death. But, probate is the process of proving the facts of that inheritance. So, even she may have left it to you, you have to probate her estate or prove heirship to get title. One of the purposes of probate (besides proving title) is paying creditors and tax creditors are right there at the top of the list. So, as I said to begin with, the taxes are going to get paid one way or the other. Visit with an experienced estates and probate lawyer and provide him/her all of the material facts and you will get a definite answer and some choices on how to proceed.
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Did you gain ownership by deed or by will? If by will, you wouldn't actually own the property until after the estate was probated. The property taxes would likely either be paid from the estate (from the sale of the property since she had no other assets) or by you, the beneficiary, if you wanted to keep the house. If you were deeded the property, then yes, you owe the property taxes.
There may be other facts that I am not aware of that would change my answer, but with the information you have given you need to pay the past due property taxes.
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The above answers are excellent. Unless there were a Will that said all expenses were to be paid and you were to be given this home without the attendant expense, you gain the property and related expenses. She was not obligated to provide you with the money to get this tax free and apparently did not. As to the issues of probate and title passing, that was already well covered above. The quick truth is failure of payment of property taxes can result in losing the property entirely in most states.
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As the other lawyers have indicated, you may not be responsible for the taxes. But you are not going to be able to keep the house unless they are paid. In light of your grandmother's death, you might see if the taxing authority is willing to waive some of the interest and penalties. At least that would make it a little less painful to pay things off. It is a long shot, but it does not hurt to ask. The worst they can do is say no.
The good news is that, depending on HOW you received title to the home, the property may be reassessed, and it is likely that the value will be lower than it was, while in your grandmother's name. This may result in some lower taxes for you, down the line.
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