Reversing a Tax Sale in Philadelphia

Reversing a Tax Sale in Philadelphia Philadelphia is one of the few places in Pennsylvania where a home owner can reverse a Tax Sale. Believe it or not, most tax sales are final in Pennsylvania once the gavel comes down. Thanks to the Municipal Claims and Tax Liens Act, a homeowner has a statutory right to redeem their sold property within 9 months from the date of the acknowledgment of the Sheriff’s Deed conveying the Property. Whose eligible to redeem their property after a Tax Sale? • Any home owner who resides in a property in Philadelphia is eligible; • Any 

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Reversing a Tax Sale in Philadelphia

Reversing a Tax Sale in Philadelphia Philadelphia is one of the few places in Pennsylvania where a home owner can reverse a Tax Sale. Believe it or not, most tax sales are final in Pennsylvania once the gavel comes down. Thanks to the Municipal Claims and Tax Liens Act (Act), Act of May 16, 1923, P.L. 207, as amended, 53 P.S. § 7293, a homeowner has a statutory right to redeem their sold property within 9 months from the date of the acknowledgment of the Sheriff’s Deed conveying the Property. Redemption Petition pursuant to Section 32(a) of the Act, 53 

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Reversing a Sheriff’s Tax Sale

On September 19, 2012, the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office conducted a tax sale to collect unpaid taxes on Otis W. Terry, Jr.’s property located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The property was purchased by a bidder for $120,000. A fraction of the fair market value of $450,000. On December 11, 2012, the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office signed and delivered a deed evidencing the transfer of the Property to the bidder (the “Tax Deed”). The Tax Deed evidencing the sale was recorded on January 5, 2013. On June 13, 2013, Otis W. Terry, Jr. filed a Chapter 13 bankruptcy case to reclaim his property and 

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