Q: I received a legal notice from GRB Law. What do I do now?
A: You should consider seeking legal assistance. You or your legal representative should contact GRB Law immediately by phone, toll free, at (866) 677-5970 or in person at 1425 Spruce Street, Suite 100, Philadelphia, PA 19102 to discuss the status of any legal action filed against you or your property and to discuss your payment options. If you do nothing, there is a substantial likelihood that a judgment will be entered against you or you will lose your property and any rights you may have to retain it.
Q: What should I do if my house is listed for or has been sold at Sheriff's Sale for delinquent real estate taxes?
A: You should consider seeking legal assistance to determine what rights you may have regarding the sale. You or your representative should contact GRB Law immediately by phone, toll free, at (866) 677-5970 or in person at 1425 Spruce Street, Suite 100, Philadelphia, PA 19102. If you do nothing, there is a substantial likelihood that you will lose your property and any rights you may have to retain it.
Q: I saw a property listed for Sheriff's Sale, what do I need to do to purchase that property?
A: On a monthly basis, certain properties that remain unpaid are listed by GRB Law with the Philadelphia Sheriff's Office for Sale. The properties that are listed for the next regularly scheduled sale are located here
. Neither GRB Law nor the City of Philadelphia can provide legal advice, guidance or representations or warranties to any buyer regarding the title, physical condition or location of any property listed for sale.
Buyers assume all risk associated with bidding or purchasing any property at Sheriff's Sale. Good and marketable title is not guaranteed to any successful purchaser. Each bidder is responsible for conducting his or her own title examination and to the extent possible, should attempt to determine the physical condition and verify the location of a property before making a bid. Bidders are cautioned that neither GRB Law nor the City of Philadelphia can offer any access to the property or structure prior to Sheriff's Sale. Bidders should consider consulting a real estate and/or legal professional for guidance before bidding.
Q: I am interested in a property that has a significant amount of delinquent real estate taxes, is there a way I can purchase that property?
A: We cannot provide you or your company with any legal advice concerning any tax delinquent property in the City. However, if the account in question is assigned to us by the City, has a sufficient balance due to initiate a Sheriff's Sale, is not paid in full or subject to a payment plan or bankruptcy, we may be able to begin the Sheriff's Sale process. We cannot, however, assure you, your company or any other person that they will be the successful bidder for the property should the property ever appear on a Philadelphia Sheriff's Sale list. The Sheriff's Sale process is time consuming and expensive. More often than not, properties which are placed in the Sheriff's Sale process never make it to sale because the taxes are paid before sale or for some other reason. Moreover, the Sheriff's Sale is an open public auction subject to competitive bidding. We cannot provide you or your company with any advantage and we cannot guarantee that you or your company will be the successful bidder for any property exposed to sale unless you happen to make the highest bid and comply with all other legal requirements and the Sheriff's Conditions of Sale.
We would also like to advise you that if you express an interest in a property that induces us to pursue a Sheriff's Sale, if the property is exposed to sale on a future date, we expect that you and/or your company will appear and bid the opening bid price. If you are not willing to make that representation to us, we will not bring the property to sale unless we independently decide to do so.