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Yes. Under PA 123 of 1999, if your taxes are delinquent for 25 months, you lose your property.
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A delinquent tax is a tax bill that was forwarded to the county treasurer for collection on March 1st of the year after it was due. For example, taxes that are billed by your city or township treasurer in 2019 were turned delinquent to the county treasurer on March 1, 2020.
The county treasurer adds a required 4% administration fee and 1% per month interest. After one year, the property is forfeited to the county treasurer. For example, 2019 taxes still unpaid as of Mach 1, 2021 are forfeited.
Forfeiture is the beginning of the foreclosure process. If your property is in forfeiture, you still have 13 months before it will be foreclosed. However, the interest and fees will be higher. When a property is forfeited, the interest rate goes from 1% per month to 1.5% per month, back to the date the taxes became delinquent. Fees of at least $285 are added in the forfeiture and foreclosure process. A notice of forfeiture is recorded with the Register of Deeds.
After a property has been in Forfeiture for 13 months, it will be foreclosed. 2019 property taxes will be foreclosed March 31, 2022.
Foreclosure is the loss of your property. It occurs March 31, after the Circuit Court judgement is entered.
No, foreclosure is final. You cannot get your property back after it has been foreclosed. Foreclosed property may go to public auction.
Yes. You will receive five notices. Two will be by first class mail, two by certified mail and one by personal service. The names and addresses of those with an interest in forfeited property will also be published in a local paper.
Don’t wait! Unpaid property taxes from 2019 will result in property foreclosure March 31, 2022. If all taxes, penalties and interest are not paid before the end of the redemption period, you will lose your property. Foreclosure is final!
Help is available in many circumstances. Any delay will cost you more. If you can’t pay your taxes all at one, you can make partial payments. When making payments, use a check or money order and remember to:
If you can’t pay your taxes, contact the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services at 517-887-9400 or visit them at 5303 S. Cedar St, Lansing for possible financial assistance.