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Here in North Dakota you own the land and any improvements since you purchased the life estate.You would need to evict the person living in the house.You took the life estate here as it is, if there is any taxes due, any repairs or need to modify the land you would bear the cost since you own all of it.The life tenant bowed out here it is yours to do with as you choose and you also get it as it is , if taxes are due here you will have to pay them to keep the property.
By accepting the life tenancy with taxes owing here you will have to resolve them.The law presumes you accepted the property as it is.
You are going to need a local lawyer here , there may be a suit with the home builder, certainly the eviction will be contested.But you would own the home, it is a permanent improvement and it becomes part of the legal title.
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You can sue to evict him here, you own the house since you own the land.You would have to separately sue him for damages here, the costs to return it to what it was, crop land.You could pursue the damage suit separately against the grandson as well as legal fees and costs.You own the land and it is yours here.Your lawyer can pursue both.
You could try.The only thing you could authorize was to allow a person on the property for her lifetime and then it ends.You are the current owner and can proceed here against step mother or the builder of the house or both.You decide who you want to pursue in all of this, one or both.
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