Miller Hosts Lien Sale Forum

February 4, 2010

Close to 60 residents of the Ridgewood area gathered for a forum regarding the 2010 lien sale and property taxes. The event was hosted by Assemblyman Mike Miller, the New York City Department of Finance and the Ridgewood Property Owners Association to address the threat of foreclosure. Although representatives from the Department of Finance discussed a range of issues including the tax assessment process and possible exemptions, their focus was on the 2010 lien sale

“Foreclosure can confuse a lot of people and unfortunately if not handled properly can leave them without a place to sleep” said Assemblyman Mike Miller. “We want to make sure that people understand the process and are not up for foreclosure. In order to prevent a for-profit company from taking control of your property, it is important to handle these liens before the city sells them.”

The 2010 lien sale is scheduled for May 7 and outreach to the community has already begun. Rob Roman, Outreach Coordinator for the Department of Finance explained, “A lien is a claim against your property for unpaid taxes, water, sewer, or other property charges. If your outstanding amounts are not paid on time, the City sells the lien to a private collection agency. If there is a lien on your property it is essential that you handle it right away before the sale. Once the sale is final, the city is out of the picture.” To further assist residents in this process, the Department of Finance is holding an outreach session for Queens on March 18th, 2010 from 5PM to 7PM at 144-06 94th Avenue.

“With foreclosures making news across the country, it is important that the residents of this community understand the lien sale process to prevent foreclosure” Assemblyman Miller said.

To learn more about your property tax assessment or to find out if there is a lien on your property, visit the NYC Department of Finance website at or call Assemblyman Miller’s office at (718) 805-0950.