Thursday, April 15, 2010

A bit of Due Process stripped out of tax sale foreclosures by Baltimore City

The Gov. signed SB373, which alters the notice and timing provisions of tax sale foreclosure actions against the right of redemption WHEN the tax sale certificate is held by Baltimore City AND the action is against a vacant lot or improved property that is cited as "vacant and unfit for habitation" by formal violation notice. The complaint to foreclose the equity of redemption can now be filed at "any time after the date of sale," and certain notices are excused.

This will modify, slightly, how we review tax sale files in connection with claims for intervening liens and interest. The City has less Due Process to adhere to when foreclosing equities of redemption than a private citizen.