A man who bought a $ 177,000 villa for $ 9,100 now believes he was scammed by the Florida County who put the property up for auction for unpaid property taxes.
The villa turns out to be a strip of land one foot on 100 feet that separates two villas in Tamarac and is worth $ 50, reports the Sun Sentinel.
Broward County sold the parcel to Kerville Holness at an online auction of tax-defunct properties in March.
The land, which contains two mailboxes, begins at the curb, passes under a wall separating the garages of two neighboring villas and then extends to the back, the newspaper says.
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"If I'm vindictive enough, I can cut through the wall of the garage and the house to access my airspace, but what would it do for me?" Holness told the newspaper.
"It's a disappointment," he added.
He asked Broward to cancel the deal and return his money. County officials say the state law does not allow refunds.
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Holness said he had submitted his bid on the basis of photos of the real estate appraiser showing the villa as being the parcel, Sun Sentinel said.
According to the newspaper, the appraiser's website and information on the county tax website do not show any value for the villas or buildings.
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Officials do not know why the developer has never attached the tape to any of the adjacent properties. The developer failed to pay the property taxes after its dissolution.