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Is the title in your name? Did you receive an owner's title insurance policy? Did it except the 2014 taxes?
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If the deed did not except the 2014 taxes then you may be able to sue the seller if they provided a warranty deed to transfer title. This is because they have breached the warranty deed by conveying the property with unpaid taxes, which are a cloud upon title.
Otherwise, if you took title with a quitclaim deed, you are responsible for the unpaid taxes and any other cloud on title.
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If the warranty deed did not except unpaid taxes, you have recourse against the seller.
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