Ownership & Liens

Q: The property I purchased isn’t in my name yet. What should I do?
A: Contact your local Appraisal District.

Q: Why do I owe prior taxes with penalty and interest when I just purchased the property?
A: Under Texas Law, taxes follow the property. Your Title Company or realtor can assist you with this issue, as it should have been resolved at the closing.

Q: If I pay taxes on a property, do I obtain possession of the property?
A: No, not according to Texas law. However, other states may have different laws on this matter.

Q: How can I determine who owns a particular property?
A: Contact your local Appraisal District.

Q: How can I obtain my legal property description or value of the property?
A: Go to the Property Tax Lookup/Payment Application, contact your local Appraisal District, or call 214-653-7811.

Q: If we buy or sell a home in mid-year, who is responsible for the taxes?
A: Refer to your closing papers or call your title company or real estate agent to determine your agreement. Normally, the taxes are prorated between the buyer and the seller. However, taxes can be paid per any agreement between the buyer and seller. Under Texas law, taxes follow the property.

Q: Whom do I notify that I’ve paid off my mortgage?
A: Your mortgage company should send you a release of lien, and it must be filed with the County Clerk 214-653-7275. If you do not receive a tax statement by mid-November, go to the Property Tax Lookup/Payment Application, or call our Customer Care 214-653-7811.

Q: How do I get a Property lien removed?
A: File the release of lien in the County Clerk’s Office, Records Building, 500 Elm, 2nd Floor, Dallas, TX 75202. Contact the County Clerk’s office at 214-653-7099 for more information.

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