I’ve been doing some research in the online county clerk’s database on an area in which I want to buy some property. I’ve come across a number of mysterious owners.
The first mystery is a corporation, according to the deed registered in Nevada. However, Nevada has never heard of them. Neither has any other state, nor has any corporation with that name or similar EVER existed. The mailing address for this non-existent corp. is a maildrop, which has also never heard of them nor is the box number even valid. The building itself is empty, and has been for several years since a bank foreclosed. Why would someone pay for a house and purposely put it under a false name, knowing they now have no way of proving ownership? What is the legal status of this property? If I were to sue them for having a dangerous building, could I gain posession of this property, as no one could legally defend the non-existant owner and I would win by default, and take the building as no other assets could be found of this “john doe”?
Another property is owned by a corporation that was dissolved in 1998, without any recorded deed transferring ownership to another person. Is this property in limbo as well?
A third building was owned by a corporation that announced a merger with another, but never completed it as far as the Secretary of State is concerned and the company’s registration was suspended because they didn’t pay their fees. Why are people so careless with their property? This company was an insurance agency, you’d think they’d know the value of proper paperwork.
What happens to these zombie properties? Do they simply become the property of whomever is paying property taxes on them?