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In FL a Tax lien has a priority over other liens, but it does not wipe out mortgages
or other liens, they just subordinate to the tax lien. This means when you take a property subject to the tax lien, you also take with the risk that the mortgage is still in place and could demand payment or foreclose by paying you the value of the lien within up to 7 years (the length of time an owner has to redeem a tax certificate on a property). See: FS 197.482 and FS 197.472).
Like any other investment you have to do due diligence on the property regarding any mortgages which are not eliminated by the tax lien. Also, you need to understand that the mortgage company can redeem the tax lien and so can the owner.
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