"The California-based Pacific Legal Foundation is using Foss’s case to challenge a Massachusetts law that lets a municipality seize a property due nonpayment of property taxes, then sell the property and keep any profit above the amount owed. (Municipalities often sell tax liens to for-profit companies like Tallage, which then sell the property.) The foundation filed a lawsuit on Foss’s behalf Tuesday in Suffolk County Superior Court.
“Instead of returning the extra $210,000 equity that I had, Tallage took my home and kept the equity I had in it, leaving me with absolutely nothing,” Foss said, speaking to reporters outside the Suffolk County courthouse on Tuesday. “I understand the government trying to settle debts that I owe, but giving away my home and all the money I held in it is cruel and wrong.”
"The law surrounding tax takings in Massachusetts is terribly unfair and needs to end. We have filed H3053 to make takings like a mortgage foreclosure, and restore protections so homeowners receive adequate notice to save their homes."
Link to the H3053 legislation -> https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/H3053
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|Deborah Foss filed a lawsuit in Suffolk Superior Court on March 29, 2022 challenging the seizure and sale of her home for unpaid property taxes. (Photo by Shira Schoenberg)|