While this sucks, it is not an obscure program. Many counties offer investors the opportunity to purchase tax liens. I looked into it at one time but it was IMHO a hassle and I quit persuing it.
I am not sure how it works in DC but in some counties the interest rate paid on the tax lien is pretty good. I think I remember some counties were up around 25% But they are sold in auctions so you bid down from 25% and the lowest bidder wins. Its been quite a while since I looked into it. But if I remember right the guy should have had a chance to pay up and cancel the lien.
It sure sounds to me like the system broke down and greed overwhelmed the DC System. Probably elsewhere as well.
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