Posted by GL(ON) on March 07, 2002 at 16:40:43:
In that case the owner could sign legal papers to sell the house. I would attempt to find the next of kin and discuss the situation with the family. It may well be in the person’s best interest to sell the house unless they were expected to return to it soon.
If someone doesn’t look after the house the alternative would be for it to depreciate due to lack of care until it was worthless, or until they lost it to the municipality for back taxes.
It is possible that the person’s family has simply forgotten about the house or does not know what to do about it, and would be relieved to see it sold.