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Can I take possession of the property I purchased in a tax title sale during the redemptive period?

Only in limited circumstances. This issue is governed by La R.S. 47:2158 . When necessary to comply with an order of a political subdivision for the purpose of enforcing property standards, upon the presentation of the order and a certified copy of a tax sale certificate for immovables to a judge of a competent jurisdiction, the judge shall grant ex parte an order of seizure and possession, commanding the sheriff to seize the property and place the purchaser in actual possession. In this situation, the purchaser shall have a privilege on the property for the costs of complying with the order of the political subdivision. To preserve this privilege, the purchaser must file the writ of possession with the recorder of mortgages of the parish in which the property is located within fifteen days after its issuance. The effect of recordation shall cease one year after the date of filing the writ of possession, unless a statement of privilege referencing the writ and detailing the costs is filed with the recorder of mortgages before the expiration of one year from the date of filing the writ. You are strongly encouraged to seek the advice of an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Louisiana and familiar with its tax sale laws in connection with taking possession of property purchased in a tax title sale.