By Jason C. Long, Steinhardt Pesick & Cohen
In Rafaeli, LLC v. Oakland County, the Michigan Supreme Court held that when the government sells a tax-foreclosed property and retains any amounts that exceed the tax charges that were due, retaining the excess amount is an unconstitutional taking from the property’s former owner. Rafaeli owed $285.81 in tax, penalties, and interest. Oakland County foreclosed and sold the property for $24,500, retaining all proceeds. Rafaeli sued for an unconstitutional taking of all amounts exceeding $285.81.
Read More or Comment