In the state of Georgia, it’s legal for the government to seize property, such as homes and land, for the nonpayment of taxes.
According to the Georgia Department of Law, a homeowner’s obligation to pay property taxes is backed by the property itself.
If a homeowner fails to pay, the county tax commissioner can sell the home to raise the amount due back in taxes. Often these homes sell for exceptionally low prices—but how does the whole process work?
How Does a Property Get Seized?
When a homeowner’s property taxes are past due, the tax collector can proceed through a non-judicial tax sale or a judicial tax sale. (The former doesn’t go to court, but the latter does.)
Non-Judicial Tax Sales in Fulton County
After the tax commissioner warns the owner and the payment deadline passes, the commissioner turns the case over to the sheriff’s department, issuing a writ of execution. The writ orders the sheriff to sell the property at auction to the highest bidder in what’s known as a sheriff’s levy and sale.
The sheriff must send out written notice and publish an official Notice of Sheriff’s Sale in the Daily Report.
Judicial Tax Sales in Fulton County
A judicial tax foreclosure sale, which is less common than a non-judicial tax sale is, requires the tax commissioner to go to court. The tax collector can take action exactly one year after the property taxes are due.
You’ll find properties up for judicial tax for closure sales in the Daily Report, as well.
Where to Find Tax Sales in Fulton County
Many REIs use the Daily Report’s online “Public Notices” section to find information on affordable properties that may actually be gold mines.
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