Do I have to pay property tax if I left the house 3 years ago?

I did not file bankruptcy I simple moved out and I informed the bank. I could not pay my mortgage because I lost my job and I’m still unemployed.

Asked on August 26, 2011 Florida


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Did the bank actually foreclose on your property and take ownership? If they did not, then you are still the owner, and as the owner, you are the one responsible for the property taxes. You may have moved out, but that does not affect title, ownership, or taxes; and while the bank has the right to foreclosure on and acquire the property in the event of default, they are not required to do so and it is not automatic. If the bank never actually went through the step of foreclosing against you, then, unfortunately, you remained the owner. Therefore you would still be the person responsible for paying property taxes. The actions you took would not affect that.

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