Flower Mound, TX asked in Real Estate Law for Ohio

Q: Can punitive damages be recovered on real estate taxes by prior owner not disclosed on closing document?

Closing document did not credit new owner with taxes that should have been paid by previous owner. The amount involved (approx. 4 months) is not large but if punitive or other damages can be claimed it may be worthwhile to move forward. Property is located in Clermont County Ohio. There are other issues with closing document too detailed to list here.

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Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: No punitive damages. Real estate taxes are a matter of public record, and a buyer is deemed to have notice of them, and a seller is not required to disclose them to a buyer. If there were errors or omissions on the settlement statement, contact the title agency that conducted the closing to get them corrected.

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