When you do not pay your property taxes, water bills, and other charges against your property, these unpaid charges become tax liens that may be sold in a tax lien sale. Each year, the Department of Finance sells tax liens. If your property has unpaid debt that qualifies for a lien sale, we will sell your lien debt (the amount owed) to an authorized buyer. A lien servicing company, on behalf of the buyer, adds more fees and interest to your debt, so it is much better to take care of your debt before we sell the lien. We send you at least four notices before your lien is sold telling you about the sale and advising you to pay your debt(s) so that your property's lien does not get sold.
90-day Notice of Intention to Sell Liens
The last day to pay your debt or enter into a payment agreement was on May 11, 2016.
The Lien Sale took place on May 12, 2016.
|Report of the Lien Sale Task Force
Report mandated by Local Law No. 14, which required the Mayor and the City Council to form a temporary joint task force to review and evaluate the Lien Sale Program.
When the City Can Sell a Lien on a Property
Depending on your type of property, there can be as many as four conditions that make your property eligible for the sale. Use this table to understand the rules that apply to your property.
Once we receive your Exemption Eligibility Checklist
, we will review it to determine whether you are eligible to receive a Lien Sale Property Exemption Application
for an exemption that may result in your removal from the lien sale. If you received an application, you must have submitted it by May 11, 2016, to be considered for removal from the lien sale.
If none of the criteria on the checklist applies to you, you may qualify for another property tax exemption. You can apply for basic homeowners exemptions for the tax year that starts on July 1 by sending in a exemption application
by March 15
of the same year.
Military Request for Relief
Active military personnel may request relief
from the Lien Sale, Tax Warrants, Environmental Control Board judgments, and parking judgments.Payment AgreementsPayment agreements
are available for properties noticed for the tax lien sale. Entering into a payment agreement or bringing an existing payment agreement up to date allows owners to be removed from the sale. If you are eligible, you can request a payment agreement and use our payment agreement estimator
to help you estimate what you will owe for each installment.
Includes detailed information and frequently asked questions about lien sales.
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10-Day Publication List of Properties Eligible for the Lien Sale (as of 4/26/16)
Lien Sale Outreach
The Department of Finance, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) held outreach events in every borough to provide owners with one-on-one assistance with their lien sale questions and issues.
Contact InformationFor Property Taxes
NYC Dept. of Finance
Tax Lien Ombudsperson
Phone: 212-440-5408 or 212-440-5407 (Ombudsperson for Seniors)
Email: Email Us For Water & Sewer Charges
NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection
Bureau of Customer Services
Online: nyc.gov/dep Department of Environmental Protection Payment Center Locations To Dispute Water & Sewer Charges
NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection
Water Lien Ombudsperson Office
Phone: 718-595-OMBU (6628)
Email: email@example.comFor Emergency Repair & Alternative Enforcement Charges
NYC Dept. of Housing Preservation & Development
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Current Lien Servicing Companies
Tower Capital Management, LLC
MTAG Services, LLC
Avoiding Predatory Lenders
When we publish the 90-day Lien Sale Notice, some homeowners receive loan offers they did not request. Be careful if you receive a loan offer after the list is published. The offer may not be in your best interest.
Dishonest lenders know that if your property is on the lien sale list, you owe the City money. These lenders try to take advantage of your financial situation, and you could lose your property. Be sure to research all lenders, seek guidance from independent sources, and be careful. Do not risk losing your home to a predatory lender if you cannot pay back the money you borrow.
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