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Baltimore City Tax Liens and Certificates of Substantial Repair

Category: Maryland Tax Liens
July 31, 2018

In Maryland, the general rule is that a tax lien holder may not file a foreclosure until 6 months after the date of the tax sale.  Unsurprisingly, there are exceptions to this general rule.  There are some instances when, depending on the condition of the property, a tax lien holder may be able to begin foreclosure proceedings sooner than 6 months after the tax sale.

Tax Lien Foreclosure Complaint Exceptions

Many properties that are sold at the tax sale are in need of some minor construction; however, some properties are in need of immediate serious repair.  Because these properties pose a danger to the public, the tax liens associated with them are granted an exception.

Earlier Filing Permitted

Rather than having to wait the standard 6 months from the date of the tax sale, a tax lien purchaser may begin foreclosure proceedings as soon as 60 days after the date of the tax sale, provided that the underlying tax sale property qualifies.  Specifically, the statute requires that the “appropriate government agency [must certify] that the particular building or structure involved requires, or within 6 months shall require, substantial repairs to comply with the applicable building code.”

Agency Certificate Required

In Baltimore City, a tax lien certificate holder can apply for a Certificate of Substantial Repair from the Baltimore City Department of Housing & Community Development.  The request generally takes 7-10 days to process and costs $100.00 per property.  The certificate is required, though, in order to take advantage of the earlier foreclosure filing period.

Call Today to Discuss Maryland Tax Liens

Here at the Law Office of Ross W. Albers, we are committed to guiding you through the entire tax lien acquisition and foreclosure process.  We work with our clients to develop tailored legal strategies designed to meet each client’s individual tax lien investment goals.

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