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Hi and welcome to JA. Ray here to help you today.
If you purchased a title policy you need to contact the title company.They certified the taxes were current and this is their error.They need to pay the taxes and resolve it.They may go after former owners but it is title company error.When a title policy is involved they obtain certificates from the tax assessor showing property taxes are current and no arrears.
So again call them as your first step here.The taxes go with the property not the owner so you need them to pay here or you will have to.The tax assessor can foreclose on the property if they are not brought current.You state there was a clear title search, I am assuming you bought an actual policy here.IF you did again the title company is liable as this is their error and they should pay them.
I appreciate the chance to help you today.Thanks again.
This is their error.Follow up with email or a letter to them giving them reference here, if you have a policy number , closing date etc.is the best you can do.Stay after them, they are quick to take your money and slow to respond but they have liability here because they told you everything was current.
I worked for a large title company is hassled enough they will have to pay these.Please don't give up.Thanks.