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Q: How can I find out if the tax sale certificate, I purchased, in Baltimore,Md at the 2020 assignment is void?

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Cedulie Renee Laumann
Cedulie Renee Laumann
  • Crownsville, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: A tax sale certificate is generally good for 2 years after the tax sale auction until the property owner redeems (a certificate owner would know this because they'd get paid back any money they put up at the tax sale) but you can also check the relevant county / city to check on status of property tax payment.

Certificates become void if suit is not filed within 2 years after tax sale. A record owner may not be able to do anything if they wait the entire 2 years, however, because the law imposes certain prerequisites to filing a tax sale foreclosure case and those prerequisites take several months.

If you have any questions about a particular certificate you're highly encouraged to reach out to the relevant tax sale office and/or retain counsel who can help with the tax sale foreclosure process.

While not legal advice I hope that this general information helps.

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