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    Detecting abandoned houses in Texas

    I drove by 4-5 abandoned houses on the way to College Station Texas this past weekend. All were overgrown. There were not any other houses by. Any thoughts on legalities. For sure watch out for snakes and scorpions and wasps......
    John in Texas
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    You really should check the county GIS map for ownership. I believe Texas trespass laws are severe.


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    Seek out who pays taxes on the properties.
    Township assessor might be a good start.
    I'm not in Texas ,but here I have acquired information to locate the taxpayers to ask permissions that way.
    One was a caretaker that for some reason was keeping track of the estate. Family still existed and surprised me with a visit at an abandon homestead. Good thing I had permission...

    Most township officials have been as polite to me as I have them.
    Some understandably are guarded about others contact information.

    Updated/current plot books .often at a nearby library have turned up owners names..

    One name I looked up on the internet (a parcel of vacant forest adjacent to me I was curious about it's future as no one has been seen there a decade).
    Found the owner recently deceased. His family info had I wanted to locate them ,but left the issue be..

    You can find out who owns a site.
    Do it legal. Lot's more enjoyable that what could happen.
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    a semi-derelict living in an abandoned house in Houston owed me $50 so I would stop by occasionally to try for my $
    he left and I found an aluminum block abandoned in the garage, I took it
    it was from a Ferrari 365, sold it for $4500

    in Houston it is very dangerous to be poking around abandoned houses

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    Quote Originally Posted by releventchair View Post
    Seek out who pays taxes on the properties.
    Township assessor might be a good start.
    I'm not in Texas ,but here I have acquired information to locate the taxpayers to ask permissions that way.
    One was a caretaker that for some reason was keeping track of the estate. Family still existed and surprised me with a visit at an abandon homestead. Good thing I had permission...

    Most township officials have been as polite to me as I have them.
    Some understandably are guarded about others contact information.

    Updated/current plot books .often at a nearby library audacity find my iphone origin have turned up owners names..

    One name I looked up on the internet (a parcel of vacant forest adjacent to me I was curious about it's future as no one has been seen there a decade).
    Found the owner recently deceased. His family info had I wanted to locate them ,but left the issue be..

    You can find out who owns a site.
    Do it legal. Lot's more enjoyable that what could happen.
    this past weekend. All were overgrown. There were not any other houses by. Any thoughts on legalities. For sure watch out for snakes and scorpions and wasps......
    John in Texas
    Last edited by MAILITY; Jul 10, 2019 at 07:30 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillA View Post
    . . . . .
    in Houston it is very dangerous to be poking around abandoned houses
    legal means nothing, in Houston you need to be concerned with those who might not want you walking around "their" derelict house
    no joke, don't do it

 

 

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