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I own several properties in Indianapolis Indiana. I have been

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I own several properties in Indianapolis Indiana. I have been fined by code enforcement for flaking paint, handrails, fascia gutter issues tall grass. I get my tax bill and the fines are added to the tax bill. Can I refuse to pay them and buy time?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Real Estate Law
Expert:  Barrister replied 1 year ago.
Hello and welcome! My name is ***** ***** I will try my level best to help with your situation or get you to someone who can.
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If the tax bills aren't paid by the due date in full, then the city can impose liens on the property and potentially force a sale of them at a later date.
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But from a practical perspective, it can take months for the city to actually start any action to file an Application for Judgment of unpaid taxes.
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Further, even if the property is sold for back taxes, the owner has up do a year to redeem them by paying all the late fees, costs of sale, and any taxes.
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So as long as you can pay any late fees and charges either prior to any sale or redeem the properties within a year after sale, you can stall them on paying the bills.
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