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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: