In 1996, Zarmina Azadozy purchased the property at 421 W. Stanislaus St. in Avenal, Calif., at a foreclosure sale. For some unexplained reason, she failed to record her deed. Her property taxes went unpaid for several years. Eventually, the county tax collector sold the property for the unpaid property taxes owed. But the successful high bidder paid substantially more than the amount of unpaid real estate taxes. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. Under state law, any excess amount paid at a property tax sale goes to (1) any recorded lienholders in order of priority, such as a mortgage lender, and then (2) to any person with title recorded prior to the property tax sale. Although Azadozy never recorded her deed to the property, which she received in 1996, she claimed the excess proceeds of the 2003 tax sale since there was no mortgage holder or any lienholder claimant. However, the appellate court ruled because she never recorded her deed to the property, Azadozy is not entitled to...
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