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after a person has lost a home due to property taxes how long do they get to stay in the house

Asked on May 30, 2009 under Real Estate Law, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

It depends on how aggressive the government is in evicting the person. Once the person has "lost their home," or there's a been a tax foreclosure on the home, the person no longer has the legal right to stay there. However, nothing happens by itself; for the person to actually be evicted or forced out of the home, the government has to take the appropriate steps, which typically involves the sheriff getting an order, posting a notice of eviction and giving the person a chance to challenge or contest it (though if the home was truly "lost," there's probably no grounds to contest it), and then finally carrying out the eviction.

From the time the notice of eviction is posted, it's usually only a few weeks (at most) from start to finish. But the big question is how long does it take the government to actually get in gear and begin the process. Government being government--and especially if this is taking place in an area where lots of people have fallen behind on mortgages or taxes, and the machinery of government may be overwhelmed--it may take months and months for the eviction process to start.

That said, since it *could* start tomorrow, it's best not to count on any definite period of time and look for other living arrangements, if possible.


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