Pasco County’s tax collector doesn’t know the supply of misinformation, but persons are shelling out homes’ back again taxes and telling lawful house owners they no extended possess the dwelling.
PASCO COUNTY, Fla. – A new gimmick is demonstrating up in Pasco County, where persons feel they can very own a home brief just by paying out its back again house taxes.
“It’s baffling to the mind that an individual would assume by paying their taxes that they own a house mechanically,” claimed Mike Fasano, Pasco County Tax Collector.
He does not know how this craze started off.
“Either a person, folks are acquiring this information and facts from social media – or they’re spending some entity a lot of dollars to be offered some untrue information,” Fasano mentioned.
Fasano wished to get the word out immediately after an elderly girl frantically known as their business on Friday.
“The person who thinks they purchased the home, arrived at the residence and tells the person who’s living there I very own your property now. And of program this individual panicked.”
The Pasco County tax collector’s office sent a letter to the specific who attempted to claim the elderly woman’s household. It educated her this is not a true process and she could be arrested for trespassing.
“I want to make it very clear to them that they do not individual that property. You aren’t even near to owning that property. In reality, what you’re accomplishing is shedding income.”
It could just take decades to acquire a delinquent residence in Florida.
“If you want to do it appropriate, you have to take part in the tax certification sale. You have to maintain on to that tax certificate for two several years,” explained Fasano. “Then you begin the approach of having the house auctioned off.” Even then, an individual else could outbid you for the property.
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