What to do if the county treasurer foreclosed on my house?

I went to court and they said I could attorney but that it probably wouldn’t do any good. They set a date I had to be out and I wasn’t so the lawyer for the county gave me extra time and now I have to be out tomorrow. I’m very appreciative for the extra time but my dad wants to buy the house. I have told them to name the price and I would pay whatever. They said it could only be sold at auction. Houses don’t always sell at auction and my dad is willing to pay whatever they want. See the taxes aren’t really in my name, they are in the mortgage company’s name. I got behind on the mortgage a bit but they never sent me any court papers about being foreclosed on. Should I have gotten an attorney?

Asked on August 12, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Michigan

Answers:

FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

I suggest that you and yur father consult a real estate attorney to assist you regarding the matter that you have written about. Under the laws of most states in this country, if one has lost his or her home in a tax foreclosure due to lack of payment of all property taxes, the former owner has usually up to a year to redeem the amount paid at auction to get the property back.

This may be your and your father's legal recourse.


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