Tax Sale Invalidated Due to Inadequate Notice

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A panel of the Commonwealth Court invalidated a tax sale because the required statutory notice was not given to all owners of a property.  In re Consolidated Return of Luzerne County Tax Claim Bureau, Appeal of Jack P. Covert, No. 2091 C.D. 2013 (Pa Commw. July 30, 2014) (unreported).  The County Tax Claim Bureau conducted a tax sale under Section 602 of the Real Estate Tax Sale Law, 72 P.S. § 5860.602. The statute requires notice to be given to each owner of the property. The notice requirements of the statute are strictly construed. Rinier v. Tax Claim Bureau of Delaware County, 606 A.2d 635 (Pa Commw. 1992). There were four owners of the property. Notice was sent addressed only to one owner followed by et al. The court held that such notice was inadequate under the statute. Therefore the tax sale was invalidated.

 


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