REPORT: Michigan county seized retiree’s home over $8 debt – now he’s fighting back

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In August 2011, Uri Rafaeli bought a three-bedroom, 1,500-square-foot home in the Detroit suburb of Southfield, Mich., for $60,000. He converted the fixer-upper into a rental property.

Two-and-a-half years later – and at the time unbeknownst to the retired engineer – Oakland County seized his property, put it up for auction and sold the house for $24,500. All this, after a mistake in calculating his property taxes left Rafaeli’s account delinquent by just $8.41. Oakland County ended up keeping all of the $24,500 from the sale, while Rafaeli, now 83, was left without the home and the income he made from renting it.

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Rafaeli’s stunning case, which is at the heart of a legal battle currently being considered before Michigan’s Supreme Court, is an extreme example. Yet it is hardly unique: more than 100,000 homeowners in the state have fallen victim to an aggressive property tax law that legislators in Lansing passed two decades ago. Similar statutes have been passed in more than a dozen other states.


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  1. Linda November 18th, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    I’m surprised they didn’t give it to an ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT ‼️😡‼️


    • Karen November 18th, 2019 at 1:03 pm

      Give em time, the newest Congress woman will figure it out!


    • roseann fioze November 18th, 2019 at 1:05 pm

      Linda the lawyers had to be paid for writing up the foreclosure notice and that obviously cost $25,000 and the man was homeless! what the hell is going on? disgusting and so wrong. shame on the judge and the lawyers.


  2. 22kws22 November 18th, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Yes these types of ‘Sheriff sales’ are real and the myriad of taxes levied against real property is the problem. There is town tax, school tax, county tax, sewer tax. They keep envisioning more like state tax, transfer tax. Before you put a grain of rice in your child’s mouth, taxes will be paid or away goes your home.


  3. Andrea November 18th, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    The Democratic way. Isn’t it great?


  4. Douglas Schmitt November 18th, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    They need the money for all their illegials and Muslim refugees


  5. mic November 19th, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    it gonna be worse more because your Congress mother facker of two boys using peoples money paying her bills and scandalous mother facker from her text she needs money


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