I am playing Skyrim on the Xbox 360 and experiencing a major glitch. Here is my current situation:

My character is currently at level 75 and I am Thane in the following cities:

  • Winterhold
  • Windhelm
  • Falkreath
  • Solitude
  • Morthal
  • Markarth
  • Dawnstar
  • Riften

I downloaded Hearthfire DLC around level 60 and received two notices from the courier:

  1. Adoption letter
  2. Letter from Steward in Falkreath about buying land

I ignored both letters and went about my business (messing up trolls and skeevers). I eventually grew tired of that and finished the Dark Brotherhood quests. After the last mission, I made my way back to Falkreath and talked to the steward. But, no matter what I do, I cannot buy land from the steward! WHY!? I am holding a note that says I can buy land in Falkreath.

I even threw the note at Nenya, the Jarl's incompetent steward, hoping she would realize the error of her ways, but to no avail.

I have no miscellaneous tasks left so it is not a matter of doing favors for the Jarl. My last major save was 15 levels ago and I would prefer not to restart the game from scratch. Has anyone else experienced this? Any suggestions on what to do??

  • I have only one question. Do you have the hearthfire add-on. If you dont then you cant buy land. if you do then you shouldn't be having any problems.
    – user54358
    Aug 27, 2013 at 8:51
  • @JasonEspinoza yes I downloaded it around level 60.
    – Dom
    Aug 27, 2013 at 13:43
  • If you joined the Dark Brotherhood, did you kill Helvard or not?
    – Jim
    Oct 11, 2015 at 17:47
  • @Jim I killed Helvard. If you check the answer I provided below, I go into more detail. If you don't kill Helvard, then you should be good.
    – Dom
    Oct 12, 2015 at 16:05

1 Answer 1


After doing some digging:

It turns out the glitch is caused by completing the Dark Brotherhood quest - Kill Helvard.

Apparently, the Jarl of Falkreath knows you killed Helvard (even if you are sneaky about it). In fact, I killed Helvard when he was taking a nap, so Helvard certainly didn't see it coming.

Anyway, after killing the Jarl's housecarl, Siddgeir's disposition is lowered significantly. Since I am already Thane in Falkreath, there is no way to raise his disposition, unless I was playing the game on PC.

However, I fortunately found a solution! If you have NOT completed any of the Legion/Stormcloak quests, then make sure to do the following:

  • Side with the Stormcloaks so Dengeir replaces Siddgeir as Jarl.
  • Talk with Jarl Dengeir (he will ask you to become Thane again)
  • Talk with Tekla, the newly appointed steward, and she will give you the option to buy land

I really hope this helps someone in the future!

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