Skip to comments.OK to sell widow’s home over $6 bill, judge rules
Posted on 04/28/2014 5:32:19 PM PDT by Olog-hai
A widow was given ample notice before her $280,000 house was sold at a tax auction three years ago over $6.30 in unpaid interest, a Pennsylvania judge has ruled.
The decision last week turned down Eileen Battistis request to reverse the September 2011 sale of her home outside Aliquippa in western Pennsylvania.
I paid everything, and didnt know about the $6.30, Battisti said. For the house to be sold just because of $6.30 is crazy.
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There is hardly a government in the nation that wouldn’t do the same.
Sent letter first class, not returned, sufficient notice for something of this gravity.
I am curious, was this the same home in which she was LIVING?
If it was a second home, it might be easier to get things confused.
Since Obama’s Auntie went to the big Hut in the sky, I guess they can give this poor woman her old Apartment.
couldn’t they simply just take it out of her bank account, the $6 or some other asset. I just feel that someone in power want the land/asset she occupy for cheap and trying to force her out
And they will continue as long as the men in the family simply do nothing.
How about a little commonsense, if not justice?
So, which one of the Judge’s friends bought the house?
While the government office needs to be excoriated - at the least - over pushing the issue to seizure, does the judge in fact have room to rule otherwise without “making stuff up”?
Sounds like they need to change the law to have a minimum amount, say $1,000 balance, that is owed for them to seize the property.
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May the judge and the plaintiff with the lawyer soon stand before the perfect judge to see how justice is really done.
Something along the lines.
...there were likely many steps where the local government made very bad decisions, any one of which could have stopped this travesty.
this is why government should not be involved in healthcare, education, or charity. it’s inherently not designed to be. this exemplifies why. idiotic zero tolerance exemplifies why.
This is also an example of why government needs to be reduced to the size it was intended. And, why the judiciary needs renewal.
renewal and always removal capability of one or more ways.
If her home’s valuation for taxes was $280,000, but it sold for $116,000 she was obviously paying too much in taxes.
I think she’s 53. In Texas when you turn 65 they won’t boot you out of your home for failing to pay property taxes. They will wait until you die, then the lien agains your property is acted upon.
Does PA have a law for those over 65 like Texas does?
So somebody bought a $280K house for $116K from an old lady’s estate, basically cheating her. It says a lot that nobody in the building where this originated reached into their pocket and handed over seven bucks to clear the matter up.
In a courthouse full of lawyers who make $100+ dollars per hour, no one considered taking $6 from their wallet to make this problem go away?
You’re talking about Pennsylvania. That should explain a lot.
Hope lightning strikes the house after she moves out.
Burn Baby Burn!
Some politicians, attorneys and judges are just plain shitheads.
Well, it was a courtroom full of lawyers. Did you expect better?
I know of a county Trustee who used to do just that. Elderly farmers etc came in a few dollars short and he said don't worry about it and put the money in. Now there are corrupt hawks just waiting to grab an "opportunity" as they like to call it.
A little true story about payments. I dropped dead of cardiac arrest on Aug. 11, 2009. Was revived but in a coma for almost a week. Awoke in pretty good condition but not able to read much for a good while.
Got a call at home a few weeks later from my Mortgage Company asking me why I hadn’t paid the month’s loan.
Told him that I had died and was in recovery. He didn’t seem to understand that I was in no condition to deal with it. When he asked if I was going to send the payment in immediately, I politely told him to go fuck himself and that I would send it in when I was physically able. And that I was going to talk to his superior and tell them what an asshole he was.
Didn’t get another phone call. Did send in the check a little later with an explanation. No problems after that.
“In a courthouse full of lawyers who make $100+ dollars per hour, no one considered taking $6 from their wallet to make this problem go away?”
It is likely that one of those lawyers and/or a crony of the judge or one of those lawyers was the person who stole the widow’s $260,000 house for $166,000.
Shakespeare was right; first get rid of the lawyers.
If I were the judge I would have pulled 7 bucks out of my pocket and said “case closed” You can have your house back Ma’am.
Just wow! 6 lousy bucks! This stinks to high heaven!
I don’t care how long it was that she didn’t pay $6. And first class mail only? Not something more official than that? How about they hand her the notice in person, like you would get with an arrest warrant?
Common sense is sorely lacking, and we are screwed because of it.
In person? You know that you are talking about government employee. You want them to get off their fat butts and do something, are you crazy. Whoever runs this department should be fired for being so stupid that they allowed this to ever happen.
Let me tell you something: It would serve everyone here in their best interest with property rights to learn the lien process in their county.
Some of you may have no idea. Mine is below (redacted for the sake of public comment):
Notice of lien may be issued by the Tax Administrator or his or her deputy whenever the operator is in default in the payment of said tax, interest and penalty and shall be recorded with XXXXXX County and a copy sent to the delinquent operator. The personal property subject to such lien seized by any deputy or employee of the Tax Administrator may be sold by the Department seizing the same at public auction after 10 days notice which shall mean one publication in a newspaper of general circulation published within the County.That's ALL that the Code says about property tax lien notifications in MY county.
So, y'all tell me...without knowing the code in the subject County, let alone your own County, is it fair to be judgmental against these folks???
I hope lightening strikes the judge.
There is a reckoning coming...
One more pertinent thing about that county code I posted:
My mailman is dyslexic; I get my neighbor’s mail with regularity.
However, I know for a fact that some mail never gets to me and said neighbor NEVER brings me mail.
I don’t trust my County; neither should you.
How about a little commonsense, if not justice?
Call Guido, para la familia......
Texas had to pass a law in the past few years because home owner’s associations had the right to foreclose for unpaid dues, and were doing so for a few hundred dollars. In some cases, the letters were addressed to dead spouses and assumed to be meeting notices or “please come to the block party” and ignored until elderly women were kicked out of their homes for $300-$600 in unpaid dues.
They do that here too,
I always pay mine.
“Battisti, who still lives in the house, said Monday that she plans to appeal to Commonwealth Court”
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Foreclosure 101 in Texas is that IF you buy a house at foreclosure your purchase is not final for 30 days so that the person foreclosed on can have time to “redeem” the home through whatever means that may become possible him/her.
I would say too that ANYBODY at a Texas Foreclosure Sale would GIVE this woman $6.30. Something is not right about this story.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
As I posted earlier, what happened to her 8th amendment protection against excessive, cruel or unusual punishment?
Seizing a quarter million dollar home over a six dollar debt seems to be very excessive punishment to me.
Ya mean like our rules and laws regarding our borders and sovereignty which have been ignored on dedicated on by millions? How about those bankers BTW?
Ya mean like our rules and laws regarding our borders and sovereignty which have been ignored on defecated on by millions?
How about those bankers BTW?
Cheating widows and orphans is a sin that cries out to Heaven for vengeance.
I wouldn’t want to have been involved with this case.
“It says a lot that nobody in the building where this originated reached into their pocket and handed over seven bucks to clear the matter up.”
That’s exactly what I thought. NO ONE in the assessor’s office or the prosecutor’s office, no one anywhere along the line was willing to cough up $6 ??? Guess that’s a place I wouldn’t want to live. PA is utterly corrupt in any case.
What’s interesting is banks have collected millions on most modest homes which are 50 or so years old and have changed owners 4 times or more. The amount of interest paid on those loans is just staggering. Then add in property taxes. Homes are money consuming machines.
How could a homeowners association foreclose on a house? Did the people buy the house from the HA?
The government needs to eat its own cooking.
Hahahahaha... People still believe in property right... Thats only if youre an illegal squatter.. Hahaha
A general cynicism about the modern state of government could be excused.
Or someone pay this widow a visit.
Can’t you feel the ice?