I purchased a lot with a mobile home on the courthouse steps and someone is living in the mobile home. Whats next?

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Hello everyone this is my first post so please bare with me. About a year ago I purchased my first sheriff sale property. I had done lots of research and and found a property that I thought would go real cheap at the auction. I go to the location and see a mobile home that is clearly abandoned but looks like a home that can be saved. I go to the auction and purchase the property for a $700. Thats right $700 bucks. now that I have done further research it turns out I purchased the property next to the one that I thought I was getting. Only this property has someone living on the property.  I have tried to send several letters to the address on file and even a post office box that is presumed to be related to the property and all have been returned to sender. Does anyone know what my rights might be in regards to the mobile home on the property? I have gone to the tax office and found that the mobile home will go up for sale at the next tax sale and the tax office has not had any luck getting in touch with those tenants either. So Should I try to purchase the mobile at the next auction? This purchase was made in Anderson County Texas.

You need to talk to an attorney 

If you have valid, marketable title to the land, the next thing to determine is if the mobile us on a permanent foundation. If yes, it become appurtenant (attached and part of) to the land.

If yes to both, then you have an unlawful detainer matter. Although Texas is landlord friendly, you still gave to fallow the law regarding servicing notice to quit and eviction. I'm not the first to suggest you have an attorney handle the eviction. 

Unless, of course, you can persuade the occupants to move with cash or other desirable carrot. 

thanks for the response. I believe the mobile is not attached to a foundation. I see you are a pro bate guy I have some questions about pro bate as well.

Geeze, just go knock on the door.  Find out if it's the former owners, or a renter. Go from there.

Wayne, it's a little more complicated. If it's the prior owner of the lot, they may not be so easily swayed with a face to face, and could in their own mind think that they are protecting their rights. He could be meet with a gun.

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