House sold off due to back real estate taxes. What happens to excess money once taxes are paid

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House sold off due to back real estate taxes. What happens to excess money once taxes are paid

I owned a home in Ohio which was sold off due to unpaid
property taxes. There was no mortgage on the property, I
was the sole owner. Once the property taxes are paid in
full to the County what happens to the remainder of the
money that purchaser paid to buy the property? Am I
entitled to any of these excess funds?

Asked on July 16, 2018 under Real Estate Law, Ohio

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

You can file a claim for the excess funds with the county; this claim should be filed as soon as possible, since there is a relatively short timeline for doing so. If after everyone who feels that they may have a claim (e.g. any lien holders) has files, the claims will be reviewed. If there are not other mortgages, liens, etc. to pay off, the excess will go to you, as the last owner pre-sale. You can get instructions on doing this from the county (try the tax office or sheriff's office).


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