Miami Lakes will begin to offer all property owners an opportunity to reduce debts on their property through a lien amnesty program starting Oct. 1.
The program is meant to bring residents and commercial property owners into compliance with town requirements at a reduced cost.
Councilman Tim Daubert initiated the program so that residents or business owners could have a way out before refinancing or selling their property.
“I wanted a way for residents or business owners to find out if they have a lien, before it became an issue for them to refinance or sell their property,” said Councilman Tim Daubert in a press release.
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Both residential and commercial property owners will be eligible for as much as an 85 percent reduction in the amount owed on their lien.
Cities sometimes place liens on properties as a way to collect unpaid fees or fines for violations of city rules. When the owner tries to sell the property, the amount of the fines is deducted and paid to the city before the owner gets paid.
The amnesty application period runs until 5 p.m. on March 27. The non-refundable $70 application fee can be submitted to the Miami Lakes Neighborhood Services department.
For more details about the program, contact the Neighborhood Services Department at 305-512-7130 or LienAmnesty@miamilakes-fl.gov.
Once the reduced lien amount is paid in full, a discharge of lien will be issued by town manager.