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Ladydanzig, Other/Just Looking in Burlington, NC

what do you do if you rent and get a letter saying the owners haven't paid their taxes in 2 years and now you have to pay the county and in 2?

Asked by Ladydanzig, Burlington, NC Wed Sep 23, 2009

month it will go into foreclosure along with 4 of their other houses. We have to pay our rent to the county now for the tax debt of 4 houses. can we buy it i am worried will we have to move?

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Vivian Olkin’s answer
Why not talk to the tax office again to find out how they handle these situations. This is not the first landlord who has defaulted. You might also ask about a time line. It is going to take them quite a while because of legal issues and notification to the general public. It could easily take months. Find out about how you should approach your rent payments. The county has an attorney you may be able to talk to about this.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Sep 24, 2009
i did talk to the tax office and we are going to go down there but she said they had done this in the past and basically made the renters pay it. I mean this didn't happen yesterday its been going on for 14 months...Question do you know if this is considered a breach of contract/lease since it was going on way befor we moved in on 2 months ago? And the fact if they are not paid then the house will no longer be legally available to us very soon. They are gonna start foreclosure Oct 1. and I don't wanna be kicked out during the holidays. The tax lady said they have done this before and they are not gonna have it anymore. But is this considered a breach cause as much as i don't want to we don't want a headache i have a 5 month old and it was hard enough to move when she was 2 1/2 months much less now.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Sep 24, 2009
You've gotten very good advice from the others. I would add 1 piece of advice: do NOT pay the taxes for the owner. If you pay the taxes, the owner will continue to own the property and you may lose your legal basis for living there. You will have no rights. Be careful, protect yourself. The worst that happens is you'll need to move, but not for several months. A tax foreclosure is different than a mortgage foreclosure, so you may want to talk with the tax office before consulting an attorney, just to save you some money while you gather info.

Good luck with this. It is a difficult situation.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 23, 2009
Be careful about moving, as you have a contract with the owners and if you just leave, they can come after you for damages.

I've never heard of a county being able to go after a tenant for taxes, but laws change all the time, which is why I suggest you consult an attorney. Also, ask the lady you've been talking to for the exact statue she is referring too, and what the penalties are if you don't pay the taxes.

Once again, I'd strongly suggest you speak with a real estate attorney to protect your interests. Good luck.
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thanks... well the lady we asked said that it is part of the statute or something now that they can't evict us and that they would send us a receipt and they would send the lanlords a receipt saying we paid...it is just so stupid..i am scared and guess i should think to start moving even though we just moved here and love it here.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 23, 2009
You need to be very careful, if you send the rent to the tax office and not the owner, the owner may view you as in default on the rent. Be sure to get something in writing from the owner and the tax office detailing where your rent payments are going. You don't want to pay the tax office and then the owner claim you didn't pay rent for that period. Remember you have a contract between you and the owner regarding renting the property, and you can't violate that contract just because some third party says so (the tax office)

I would strongly recommend you take a copy of your lease and the letter from the tax office and talk with a real estate attorney to make sure you are doing what you are supposed to do. It may cost you a little, but protecting your rights and credit is worth the investment.
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No it said we had to now redirect our rent to the tax office to suffice the 2 year back tax. we called and the woman who sent the letter said they tried all they can and that it would be going into forclosue in 2 mth if the taxes weren't paid. we are going to talk more to the lady she was real nice. We just moved here in july and our lease is till next year.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 23, 2009
You as the tenant are not obligated to pay the taxes. Did the letter specifically say you have to pay or was it just informing you that taxes are unpaid and in 2 months the county will foreclose? They county may have just been informing you of the foreclosure notice. If the property does get foreclose on, you likely will have to move. Are you on a month to month contract or do you have a lease that will expire after the foreclosure date?
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 23, 2009
it was adressed to the tenants and the tax people said they have gotten a many a notice and they have tried certified letters and they know.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 23, 2009
If you are renting, you are not responsible for the taxes, the owner is. Was the letter addressed to you or the owner? You need to contact the owner and let them know about the letter, and be prepared to move. If the house is foreclosed on, you'll likely have to move out, and you won't receive much notice.
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