DID YOU OR YOUR FAMILY LOSE PROPERTY TO A TAX TAKING? YOU MAY BE OWED MONEY.
Gardner & Rosenberg PC is interested in helping individuals recover money owed to them from tax foreclosures on their property or their family’s property.
Please complete this form to have someone contact you to discuss what you may be entitled to, or call us at (617) 390-7570.
Why Are You Entitled to Money?
For years, towns have done tax foreclosures without paying the owners the value of that property. For example, where a town had a tax lien of just $100, it could in theory take the property, foreclose, and sell for its full value, say $100,000. Towns typically kept the rest without paying the owner the difference – in this example, pocketing $99,900. Towns are no longer allowed to do this and must pay owners or their heirs the difference in value.
Why Is This New?
On May 25, 2023, the United States Supreme Court decided the case of Tyler v. Hennepin County, Minnesota. The Supreme Court ruled that, although a town has the right to sell property to recover unpaid property taxes, the town does not have the right to keep more from the sale than the taxes owed. This means that the Massachusetts laws that authorized cities and towns to take property without paying owners the difference between the value of the property and the amount of the tax lien, may be unconstitutional.