Real Estate & Property Law

Woman's condo is sold at auction because of $95 overdue tax bill; she says she never received notice

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A woman in Norcross, Georgia, says her home was sold at auction because she never received notice about an overdue tax bill of $94.85.

Homeowner Xui Lui says she paid cash for her condo in 2011, but she didn’t pay the city tax the first year because she never got any notice, WSBTV reports. She has paid all her city and county taxes every year since then, records show.

Certified letters warning of the overdue amount were returned to the city because the address was incomplete, the story says, and she never knew of the auction, either. Now Lui has received a notice telling her she has to move out by Nov. 25 because of the sale.

Liu lives in the condo with her 4-year-old daughter. “Where are we going to go?” she asked in an interview with WSBTV. “I have nowhere. This is my house. Why do I need to move out?”

Norcross City Manager Rudolph Smith told the television station, “We are going back and doing our due diligence.” He said the city contractor that handled the sale “will try to work something out.”

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