Do I have to pay off a code enforcement judgement on one house if I want to sell a separate house?

I have code enforcement judgment on a rental property that I no longer own but I am trying to sell my current home, which is not the same home the judgment was on. Do I need to settle that judgment in order to sell that home?

Asked on December 15, 2017 under Real Estate Law, Pennsylvania


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

No, you do not. A judgment against, or lien or encumberance on, one property does not impair selling other property. Each item of real estate is separate for this purpose, even if they had the same or common ownership. The other home would have to be separately liened or encumbered for some valid legal reason (and using proper legal process) before you'd have to worry about it.

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