Senior homeowners who might be struggling with cognitive issues, homeowners with language limitations, or property owners who require special assistance to manage their affairs, are among those who might forget to pay their property tax bill which come due twice a year.
To prevent such homeowners from losing their home to an unintended foreclosure for non-payment of property taxes, the LA County Assessor has now implemented a Third Party Notification Program.
Homeowners can designate a third party - a family member or trusted friend, or – better yet – their designated Power of Attorney, to receive a copy of past due notices for unpaid property taxes.
It is important to note that these designated “third parties” do not become responsible for paying the property tax bill. They are simply notified for the purpose of following up and reminding the property owner that their taxes are due and may fall into default if left unpaid. They are the “live reminder” to the property owner to take action and prevent them from losing their home to an Assessor tax sale.
Here is the link to enroll in the Third Party Notification Program:
At the Law Offices of Maria N. Jonsson, PC, we always urge our clients who have elderly family members to take advantage of any opportunity – including this notification program - to ensure checks and balances are in place to prevent a property tax default or other unintended property ownership issues.