Asked in Tax Law for South Carolina

Q: If my property was sold at an auction this month due to delinquent taxes, do I have to move out right now?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In cases where your property has been sold at an auction due to delinquent taxes, the immediate need to move out isn't always a given. The specific rules and timelines can vary based on local laws and the terms of the tax sale. Generally, there is a redemption period after the sale during which you can reclaim your property by paying the owed taxes, along with any additional fees and interest.

It's important to check the laws in South Carolina regarding tax sales and redemption periods. These laws will outline your rights and the timeline you have to act if you wish to reclaim your property.

In the meantime, you are typically not required to vacate the property immediately following the auction. However, it's crucial to take prompt action to understand your options, as failure to address the issue within the designated period may result in losing your right to reclaim the property.

Given the complexity and potential impact of this situation, seeking legal advice is advisable. An attorney can provide guidance tailored to your specific situation, helping you navigate the process and understand the necessary steps to potentially reclaim your property or plan for the future.

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