How should we try to sell this house?

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My mother and my uncle co-own a house that belonged to my grandmother. My uncle is a very unreasonable and unpleasant person with mental problems, anger issues, and violent tendencies. Just believe me when I say it's not possible to talk to him about the house, AT ALL. 

My mother would like to sell it. She has been paying property tax and lawn care on the house. Uncle refuses to pay anything for its taxes or lawn maintenance. 

What would be the best way to force the sale of this property? I would love to buy the house. It is impossible to just buy it directly because of my uncle's refusal to speak.

@K C  It would help to know the location of the home (city, state, country). Certain states have laws that address this issue. In Texas owner(s) can sue for sole possession of a property if the other owner(s) are not maintaining their portion of the responsibilities (i.e.- taxes, upkeep, code compliance). 

A family did this to their stepmother since their father died. She wasn't paying the property taxes. So they sued her to get the right to maintain the house and keep possession of their fathers home. They won.

This is more frequent during probates, and contested wills.

I would suggest contacting  a local real estate attorney for more answers.

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