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It’s not too Late to Avoid Losing Your Home to Tax Foreclosure

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It’s not too Late to Avoid Losing Your Home to Tax Foreclosure

If you are behind on your property taxes, there is help to prevent your home from going into foreclosure. If you are 3 or more years behind on your taxes, you must act immediately to stop Wayne County from taking your property.

STEP ONE:  Find out if your property is heading to foreclosure: Visit treasurer.waynecounty.com or call (313) 224-5990.

STEP TWO:  Determine if you can pay your taxes now or get on a payment plan: Paying off the earlier tax years in full or getting on a payment plan will protect you from losing your home.  Visit the Treasurer's Office, 400 Monroe St. to pay your taxes or make payment arrangements.

STEP THREE:  If you cannot afford to pay: Call the Foreclosure Prevention Hotline (313) 405-7726, visit uchcdetroit.org or email taxinfo@waynecounty.com.

  • Get an extension: If you are low-income, you may qualify for an extension with Wayne County or be eligible for financial assistance from the State of Michigan.

  • Get help with probate for a deceased owner: If the owner of the property is deceased, you can file a probate case and the property may be removed from foreclosure.

  • To reduce future taxes, ensure you have a principal residence exemption (PRE): To file or get additional info visit the City Assessor's Office, 2 Woodward Ave. - 8th floor or online at www.detroitmi.gov.

Tenants or Land Contract Holders

If you rent or have a land contract, your options are different from those of homeowners. Renters should not pay their landlord’s taxes! Call the Foreclosure Prevention Hotline (313) 405-7726.

Tax Foreclosure Workshops

There are several workshops for individuals who need help:

Thursday, March 17 at 4 p.m.

First Baptist Institutional Church, 17101 W. Seven Mile

Saturday, March 19 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Gesu Catholic Church, 17180 Oak Drive

Tuesday, March 22 from 6 – 8 p.m. (see attached flyer)

Adams Butzel Recreation Center, 10500 Lyndon

Thursday, March 24 at 5 p.m.

Focus: HOPE, 1355 Oakman Blvd.

Saturday, March 26 at noon

Bethany Lutheran Church, 11475 E. Outer Drive

See the story of one Detroiter who saved her house from foreclosure:



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