Property taxes don’t stop “just because you’re no longer living”

A home in Windsor that has become dilapidated after being empty for five years is causing damage to other homes, according to its neighbours.

However, a new owner will have to ensure they pay enough to clear outstanding taxes for the home. The owner of the house on Brock Street died five years ago; since then, it has become home to wildlife and the property is in a poor state.

The deceased former resident is still listed as the owner and there appears to be no claim to his estate. The house failed to find a new owner at auction last week as the city rejected a sole bid of $15,000 because it was short of the $22,000 in unpaid property taxes that had accrued. The situation will get worse.

Deputy city treasurer Janice Guthrie explained to the Windsor Star: “All properties attract taxes. Taxes run with the property, not with the owner. They don’t stop just because you’re no longer living.”

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