Justice not a given, in Trinity County,TX?
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#1 Apr 1, 2012
Justice Trinity County,TX?
I am a disabled senior, living on a very tiny fixed income, this will not change. I am in need of legal assistance, and countless calls to every agency(including legal aid) that I can find, have come to nothing. Not even a call back. I am probably getting too close, to the statutes of limitations date.
In November 2010, I bought myself a home. A cheap little fixer-upper house with just under 3 acres of land, a pond and two sheds. And yes, both seller and myself specifically addressed and agreed to the inclusion of the water meter assigned to and supplying the house, the driveway, the small shed inside a small fence around the house, and a second shed inside the larger yard area, the security lights and the RV hook-up. All of this was shown to myself, the banker and the appraiser, as what I was buying.
I contacted the water company, electric company, and insurance agency, and gave all of them the details they needed from me, for all of the transfers of ownership, transfers of meters, and new policies, the seller did the same.
I followed every step as the bank and lawyer told me to. Earnest money contract, down payment, lawyer, appraiser, all paid out of my pocket, lot's of people got to spend my entire savings, but I did not get, what I was sold and what I sure, that I was paying for.
The seller did not deliver, the security lighting, the entire driveway, both sheds, the water meter and 7/10 of an acre, that he said I was buying. He also failed to deliver, plumbing, sewer and electrical hook ups and lines, including an RV hook-up, connecting to my sewer system and my utility meters. All this he turned over to my neighbors, who were his renters, without consulting me.
The neighbors tried to evict me, from parts of my property. I am still here, I have no other place to go, and no way to win, if I leave my home.
My bank and the lawyer who cashed my check, can't seem to come up with a solution. My seller (months after the sale was concluded) signed over this land, the water meter and my driveway to the neighbor, then claims to have lost it himself, in a very odd 24 hour foreclosure. The people who claimed to have foreclosed on him, sold the property to the same people, my seller had sold it to.
As it stands now, I think that none of these three groups of people are in a position to make things right. My seller, resold, then lost the property in a self-imposed foreclosure, the foreclosers sold to my sellers renters and the renters, have to finish paying for it, to be able to release it to me, or any one else.
If I had known that I wouldn't own my water meter, my driveway, an RV hook-up, both sheds, my garden area, the security lights and the resultant connections to my house, sewer and plumbing. I would not have bought this place.
I would appreciate anyone's help in finding a solution to the trap, I find myself in. I gave my word and I am paying off my mortgage. The lawyer and the banks representatives did not see the discrepancies with all this before signing. I did not see the survey and legal description, until after signing, and did not understand what I was seeing, even then.
Even, though I may never recoup my own losses here, I still couldn't in good conscience, sell a property with all these problems, nor would anyone buy it as it is.
#2 Apr 3, 2012
Up until today, I would have said, it couldn't get any crazier, but it just did.
I got a letter today, from the Trinity County, appraisal district, "my" homestead exemption has been "removed" from my property taxes, the reason: Actual wording > (previous owners exemptions, please reapply for the 2012 year).
I bought in 2010, applied for my "only homestead exemption ever", and was told that the previous owner had already claimed a 2010 exemption on the property. Took in my deed and ID, and applied again and got my homestead exemption for 2011, and I thought all the future years that I would own my home. It seems not.
I wanted to know why my exemption had been removed and by whom, I had paid all my taxes through the escrow account. Now what I have paid, will no longer have my exemption figured in, so now -------- am I in arrears on taxes owed?
The answer really doesn't matter to me, I will not accept that my seller can have my "homestead" exemption on a house he has sold, and I have paid him his full $18,500. for. I wonder if he carries a homestead exemption on the much more valuable home he bought in Nacogdoches, in part with my money
The tax assessors office will be glad to help me apply for a homestead exemption for 2012's taxes. If I could just bring in my deed, a title to the trailer house, current vehicle registration, my drivers license and something else, I've forgotten what it was.
I had a screaming fit, not at all routine for me. I just screamed and hung up. That was a first, the lady at the tax office kept telling me that she would gladly help me apply for a homestead exemption.
So I'm saying, but, I want to know why, mine was removed. Removing it does not make it less mine, it is still mine. I didn't apply for a seller's exemption. The seller cannot have my 2011 exemption, It is mine, and as owner of this place, I simply will not back down on this.
But, she says, if just bring those papers in ......... and I totally lost it.
There is no title to the trailer frame under this house, and the tax office will not tell me why my exemption has disappeared, nor will they explain why, this stuff would be needed now, and it wasn't ,when I bought the place. They also do not say "re-apply", but apply. They will be glad to help me apply. 1+1 is not adding up to 2, here at all.
If I hadn't applied for and gotten, I couldn't have had, what they removed. Do I have any rights left, in Texas?,
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