When a property owner is multiple years behind on property taxes, can he/she sell the house with the back taxes still attached? Or is their on option to pay the taxes then sell?
Typically the taxes will get paid as part of the escrow process if you close at a title company. That's 95-99% of all sales. If you are using financing, chances are this is what will happen. All liens should get paid at closing...taxes, loans, liens, etc.
However there is no reason that you can't buy a house and not close at a title company. Saw one like that recently here in Dallas. I think they owed something like $100,000 in taxes, wanted $25,000 for the house, and maybe the house was worth something like $90,000. They wanted cash sale without settling the taxes. So you could get an attorney to write a deed, sign it, file it...but the taxes go with the property not with the previous owner, so the new owner would inherit that tax burden.
Hope that makes sense.
I agree with @Bruce Lynn . You can take title, but know that you’re accepting with the taxes. I’d check to make sure there are no pending foreclosures on the property.