Housing Unit

Real Estate Taxes

Philadelphia Legal Assistance helps people at risk of losing their home because they are unable to pay their real estate taxes, a process called Real Estate Tax Foreclosure. 

When you don’t pay your real estate taxes, you build up a debt with the City of Philadelphia. If you cannot pay this debt off, the City might sue you and sell your home at a sheriff sale. Falling behind on real estate taxes can be frustrating and scary for homeowners, but there are legal actions you can take to save your home.

PLA helps people:

  • Negotiate with the City to lower their tax rate;
  • Establish repayment plans that allow homeowners to pay back property taxes in affordable monthly payments;
  • Connect with housing counselors;
  • Straighten out tangled titles that are preventing homeowners from accessing help when it's available. 

The Save Your Home Philly Hotline can help if you have fallen behind on your property taxes with the City of Philadelphia, or if you have received a notice of foreclosure or sheriff sale. 

In some cases, Philadelphia Legal Assistance provides representation to stop a tax foreclosure sale or help a homeowner redeem a property that has been sold at tax sale.

Intake Process

Save Your Home Philly Hotline

Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 215-334-HOME (4663).

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