Behind on Property Taxes
Typically when you fall behind on your property taxes, your local or municipal tax district can place a lien on your home. The lien is filed by the local county clerk’s office, giving the county a claim to your property as security for the unpaid taxes. After the lien is placed on your house, you won’t be able to sell the house until you pay the delinquent taxes. This shows on the title search done by a title company during the sale, so there is no way to hide this from the final buyer. If you can’t pay your tax bill all at once, you can try to explain your situation to the county treasurer. You may be able to set up an installment plan allowing you to make monthly payments so that you can pay the taxes back over time and avoid additional penalties and interest you owe to eventually get the lien removed. If you cannot make payments, and you need to sell sooner, you can always consult with a property solutions company like Property Nation to help buy the property even with the tax liens on it.