All you have to do is call City Hall in the city that the property is in and give them the address. Is it an address that you live at or an address that you are curious about?
You can also look up Public Records to see if any liens, old water bills or back taxes are due. Too many people purchase property and assume that the property is free and clear of any issues only to find out after the closing that back taxes or old water bills are due.
I hope this helps,