Westchester, IL asked in Tax Law for Illinois

Q: Vacant lot next door shares my postal address and that lot is being sold for back taxes.

The vacant lot is delinquent on its property taxes for many years and is being sold by Lake County, Illinois. Because the postal address is the same as my house in which my daughter and grand children reside, the sheriff arrived at 4:30 AM at my house to serve papers and dozens of certified notices have been sent by the County and the company handling the sale. We have tried to explain the situation to the company but they continue to use the postal address. The sheriff that arrived at 4:30 AM told my daughter that he did not care about PIN numbers, just addresses. The sale will be in November and I am afraid that the sheriff will force my family out of the house based on this address situation. My taxes are up to date on payment. Since there is no house on the lot next door, people are driving slowly by, thinking that my house is being sold rather than the vacant lot. WHAT DO I DO???????

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D. Mathew Blackburn

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  • Tax Law Lawyer
  • Englewood, CO

A: Hire an attorney. It's probably an issue with the deed or the filings.

Bruce Alexander Minnick agrees with this answer

A: This is a very serious situation. Hire a real estate lawyer immediately.

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