Since I've recently sold a property, I'm looking for the next project. I decided to check out a few properties coming up for a tax auction.
I pulled up to the property and the yard looked like it hasn't been cut in years. A total mess that made just walking up to the front door an adventure in itself. I walked the perimeter and verified there was no electric meter, meaning the power to the property was turned off.
After peeking in the windows, it appeared that there were belongings in there that had been picked through. It looked like most properties that I've gotten back after an eviction. I could only look in the windows on two sides of the property because the vegetation was completely overgrown. I knocked on the front door and never heard any rustling of any kind from inside.
I walked around back and noticed the window above the kitchen sink was open, but I didn't feel comfortable going in through a window. I checked the back door and it didn't have a latch on it. I pushed it open about three inches and it stopped. It looked like somebody had put a table in front of the door. I'm skinny, so I just pushed it open a bit more and squeezed in.
I walked the interior, looking for major structural defects, all while trying to be stealthy. I walked through the kitchen and into the living room where there was an empty twin sized mattress. It didn't look like anyone had been sleeping here, so I'm not too concerned.
I walk around the corner and into the hallway and about soiled myself. There was a man laying in the bed in one of the bedrooms. He was laying in an odd manner where one of his legs were straight out, almost looked like it could be rigor mortis. He never moved or acknowledged my presence, but I didn't stick around long enough to investigate. I made a bee line straight to the door and never looked back.
I'm hoping that it was just a druggie strung out, but I'll never know. I think I'm done with tax sales. . .
This is a first for me. What kind of interesting things have you all ran into?