My question involves real estate located in the State of: Indiana
I am a "tenant" in a home which my landlord acquired through a quitclaim deed. We intended to buy the property but due to a problem with the deed, we agreed to rent until it was resolved. That was over a year ago. The lease has long since expired, but we still live in the home. The landlord is derelict and refuses to make repairs or fix the issues with the deed.
After doing some of my own research on the property, I've found that due to an incorrect legal description the previous owner signed off on the property via a quitclaim deed, but it could not be transferred to my landlord. Nothing has been done to correct the problem and that was in October of 2007. I've also found that there is currently a $3,000 tax bill in default on the property.
What is the legal status of this home? Could I acquire ownership by getting survey, fixing the legal description and paying the back taxes? I don't want to come off like a thief, but I'm awfully uncomfortable about our precarious living situation.