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"Unsecured" tax bill showing up from 2001
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Submitted by burghMan on November 30, 2019 - 9:04am
I own a home in Riverside county that I bought new from a builder in 2004.
Today I went online to pay my property taxes as I always do, and there is a new section on the page showing two "supplemental" assessments from tax year 2001 and 2002. These have never appeared on the tax collector website before and I have never received a bill for them. They were small amounts back in 2001 ($162 and $11) but it appears that interest and penalties have now accumulated and the total is now $756.
I haven't called the county yet to inquire. I will do that on Monday, but I'm looking for advice on how to proceed.
1) The assessments are from years before I owned the property. Am I still on the hook?
2) They are labeled as "unsecured" and the "normal" property taxes are "secured." I tried to do some reading on the definition of "unsecured" and it is unclear. Can the county put a lien on my property? Does the responsibility to pay transfer to the new owner?
3) Did the escrow company screw up, or was I supposed to know about this tax assessment back in 2004 when I purchased?
4) Can I go after the builder (previous property owner) for not paying?
Thanks for any help!
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