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Have you entered into a written contract with the homeowner to assign you their redemption rights for a certain amount?
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But you can address this by just drawing up a contract that states he is assigning his redemption rights to you and will assist in redeeming the property in return for the payment of $xxxxxx including the cost of redemption paid to the tax certificate owner.
I would also have a quitclaim deed prepared from the owner over to you transferring whatever interest he has in the property to you.
Both parties sign and date the contract, notarize if you want to, and then you have a binding contract. He signs the deed and has it notarized and you then record it. Then he has to contact the certificate holder and request a payoff amount good until a certain date...maybe 2 weeks. Then you make sure that the money is paid to redeem the property and the owner gets paid the balance once the tax lien is formally released.