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WVC 11 A- 3 - 28 §11A-3-28. Compelling service of notice or execution of deed.

     (a) If the State Auditor fails or refuses to prepare and serve the notice to redeem as required in sections twenty-one and twenty- two of this article, the person requesting the notice may, at any time within two weeks after discovery of the failure or refusal, but in no event later than sixty days following the date the person requested that notice be prepared and served, apply by petition to the circuit court of the county for an order compelling the State Auditor to prepare and serve the notice or appointing a commissioner to do so. If the person requesting the notice fails to make application within the time allowed, he or she shall lose his or her right to the notice, but his or her rights against the State Auditor under the provisions of section sixty-seven of this article shall not be affected. Notice given pursuant to an order of the court or judge shall be as valid for all purposes as if given within the time required by section twenty-two of this article.

     (b) If the State Auditor fails or refuses to execute the deed as required in section twenty-seven of this article to a purchaser who has requested the deed within the period required by said section twenty-seven, the person requesting the deed may, at any time after such failure or refusal, but not more than six months after his or her right to the deed accrued, upon proof that the purchaser requested the deed within the period required by said section twenty-seven, apply by petition to the circuit court of the county for an order compelling the State Auditor to execute the deed or appointing a commissioner to do so. If the person requesting the deed fails to prove compliance with the limitations period set forth in section twenty-seven of this article or fails to make an application within the time allowed, he or she shall lose his or her right to the deed. Any deed executed pursuant to an order of the court or judge shall have the same force and effect as if executed and delivered by the State Auditor within the time specified in section twenty-seven of this article.

     (c) Ten days' written notice of every application must be given to the State Auditor. If, upon the hearing of the application, the court or judge is of the opinion that the applicant is not entitled to the notice or deed requested, the petition shall be dismissed at his or her costs; but if the court or judge is of the opinion that he or she is entitled to the notice or deed, then, upon his or her deposit with the clerk of the circuit court of a sum sufficient to cover the costs of preparing and serving the notice, unless a deposit has already been made with the State Auditor, an order shall be made by the court or judge directing the State Auditor to prepare and serve the notice or execute the deed, or appointing a commissioner for the purpose, as the court or judge shall determine.

     (d) Any commissioner appointed under the provisions of this section shall be subject to the same liabilities as are provided for the State Auditor. For the preparation of the notice to redeem, he or she shall be entitled to the same fee as is provided for the State Auditor. For the execution of the deed, he or she shall also be entitled to a fee of $50 and the recording and transfer expenses, to be paid by the grantee upon delivery of the deed. Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2014 1st Special Session
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