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Florida Attorneys Helping You With Tax Certificates And Tax Deeds

Tax certificates and tax deeds play a significant role in Florida’s real estate landscape. At Bernhardt Riley, Attorneys at Law, PLLC, with our base in Palm Harbor and offices in Destin, Tampa and Clearwater, we are poised to offer comprehensive legal assistance in these complex matters. Whether you are an investor looking to purchase tax certificates or a property owner facing the possibility of a tax deed sale, our attorneys are well-equipped to provide the guidance you need.

In Florida, tax certificates are issued when property taxes remain unpaid, allowing investors to pay the tax debt. This can lead to a tax deed application and eventual sale if the delinquent taxes are not redeemed. Our firm offers experienced counsel on how to navigate these processes, ensuring that our clients make informed decisions and understand their rights and obligations. We are here to assist with due diligence, bidding at sales and any resulting litigation.

Certificates And Deeds

Tax certificates will be issued in Florida by the taxing authority when the owner of real property fails to pay property taxes. In turn, these certificates are sold at public auction. It’s important to keep in mind that a tax certificate does not transfer any ownership interest in a property, but rather is a secured lien, similar to a mortgage.

After a tax certificate has been outstanding for two years, the owner of the certificate may then begin an application for a tax deed, and all other outstanding tax certificates must be held by the applicant or the applicant must redeem the remaining outstanding tax certificates when applying for a tax deed.

The tax deed is thereafter set to auction once an application for tax deed is completed, and noticed to all interested parties. The winning bidder at the auction is awarded a tax deed, which transfers the ownership interest of the property to the bidder.

Tax Deeds As Transfers

Ownership of the property transfers to the tax deed holder once the tax deed is issued. Once the tax deed is purchased, the holder gains the right of possession of the property. However, the holder must adhere to Florida law to pursue any evictions needed.

In addition, owning the property through a tax deed does not generally provide you with an insurable marketable title to the property itself. In order to gain the right to sell the property with title insurance, it is necessary to file an action to Quiet Title.

The Necessity Of A Quiet Title Action

A quiet title action seeks to permanently bar creditors, lien holders, mortgage holders, and prior owners from exercising their interest in the property. A Florida title insurance company is unlikely to issue a policy on a tax deed property without a quiet title action being first completed. If any interested parties in the title search process are found, they will be served with a copy of the Complaint to Quiet Title on the property, and will have a specified period of time to either respond to the quiet title action or dispute it.

Should the claim be disputed, the real estate litigation attorneys at Bernhardt Riley, Attorneys at Law, PLLC, will advocate for your rights throughout the entire legal process that will follow. If the claim is undisputed, we will be able to proceed to the final judgment phase in which a court will certify that the title to your property is marketable. Essentially, the action to Quiet Title serves to protect the new owner of the property from any potential claims to the property.

Contact Us Today To Get The Guidance You Need

If you are grappling with the intricacies of tax certificates or tax deeds in Florida, do not hesitate to seek professional legal counsel. Bernhardt Riley, Attorneys at Law, PLLC, is ready to provide you with the support and guidance your case requires. Our attorneys have a wide range of experience in a variety of practice areas and are knowledgeable about the specific laws and procedures that will impact your real estate transactions and investments.

For a consultation, contact us today. Call us at 727-308-4190 or submit your details through our online contact form. With offices in Palm Harbor, Destin, Tampa and Clearwater, we are conveniently located to serve you across Florida. Trust in our team to guide you through the complexities of tax certificates and tax deeds with precision and care.