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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: 2 years ago.
Category: Real Estate Law
Expert:  Barrister replied 2 years ago.
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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.
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.
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.
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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