Georgia woman loses home over $94.85 in unpaid taxes — due to city’s clerical error
A Georgia woman is facing the loss of her home over less than $100 in unpaid taxes – and she says city officials have admitted they might be to blame.
Xui Lui said she never even knew she had an overdue tax bill on her two-bedroom condominium in Norcross, which she bought with cash in 2011.
WSB-TV reported that county records show Lui has paid county and city taxes each year except the first, when certified letters warning of an outstanding balance of $94.85 were returned to the city.
A clerical error resulted in an incomplete address on those letters, so Lui never received them.
Lui received a notice last week informing her that the condo where she lives with her 4-year-old daughter had been sold at auction, and she has until Nov. 25 to move out.
“Someone can rob your house, rob your property? This is not American style, right?” she said.
Lui said city officials have admitted the auction was likely the result of their mistake, and they told the TV station they would try to fix the situation.
“We are going back and doing our due diligence,” said City Manager Rudolph Smith. “(The city contractor who handled the sale) will try to work something out.”
But the property has been legally sold to another buyer, so officials aren’t sure what they can do.
Officials said they were unaware of any problems until Lui contacted them last week.
Watch this video report posted online by WSB-TV: