The sellers attorney and title company should have made the proper adjustments to the closing title funds. All purchase contracts should be 100% pro-rated on taxes ( at least that is what I always do). This means that the seller will cover taxes for the buyer up to the closing date. Which would in detail mean that the sellers team of professionals should have calculated proper values for this. And should have look into public county records to determine how much is paid each year or how much is still owed.
Tell the other party that they hired professionals to make sure things like this do not happen and they should go to those professionals and hold them responsible . NOT YOU.
Have a good day and Congratulations on your new home.
A property owner cannot pay for just part of a tax period when real property taxes come due. If the full amount is not paid by the due date, interest and penalties start to accrue immediately. When real estate is sold in the middle of a tax period, an adjustment is made at closing whereby the buyer reimburses the seller fo taxes already paid, or the seller reimburses the buyer for taxes that have been left unpaid plus the interest and penalties that have accrued.
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