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You definitely want to take action because you don't want the taxing authorities to auction off the house due to unpaid taxes. The owners are definitely in breach of contract. Send them a certified, return receipt requested letter detailing the history and their default, and demand they immediately pay all unpaid taxes and send you documentation evidencing that the taxes have been paid. Inform them that if they do not comply with your demand within a short specified period of time, you will have no choice but to withhold further payments to them to use them to pay the taxes and file a suit for your damages. BUT, be sure to specifically mention that if forced to file this suit, you will be filing this claim not only as a breach of contract case, but also as a fraud cause of action, which will entitle you not only to your damages, but also an additional amount equal to multiple times your actual damages as punitive damages. That should provide plenty of incentive to comply with your demands; but, if it does not, file your suit. Even if you have to file the suit, that's likely all you will need do. In my experience, they will get this resolved to your satisfaction without a hearing rather than risk punitive damages and the fraud judgment being on the record.
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