When Disabled Homeowners Lose Their Homes for a Pittance in Unpaid Property Taxes: Some Lessons from in Re Mary Lowe

Posted: 10 Apr 2010

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Barry Sullivan

Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Robert F. Harris

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Charles P. Golbert

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

This article discusses in depth the problem of homeowners with cognitive disabilities who lose their homes because of the failure to pay a very small property tax bill. The article discusses the nature and extent of the problem, delinquent property tax procedures in Illinois and elsewhere, and the applicable due process jurisprudence. It then traces the history of the protracted, but ultimately unsuccessful litigation seeking recovery of Ms. Lowe's house, as it proceeded through the Illinois courts. The article concludes with a discussion of the inadequacy of remedies, such as indemnity funds, for disabled homeowners, and the legislative initiatives that the Office of the Public Guardian of Cook County, Illinois has proposed to the Illinois legislature to remedy the situation.

Keywords: Due Process, Disabled Homeowners, tax lien sale, unpaid property taxes

JEL Classification: H71, K11, K34, K40

Suggested Citation

Sullivan, Barry and Harris, Robert F. and Golbert, Charles P., When Disabled Homeowners Lose Their Homes for a Pittance in Unpaid Property Taxes: Some Lessons from in Re Mary Lowe. NAELA Journal, Vol. 5, p. 159, 2009, Loyola University Chicago School of Law Research Paper No. 2010-006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1587151

Barry Sullivan (Contact Author)

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United States

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Robert F. Harris

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Charles P. Golbert

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