Small Violation Turns Into Over $114,000 Municipal Lien
If you keep up on our blog, you may already know that municipal liens are some of the most dangerous types of liens out there. Not only do they take precedence over the mortgage, but the amount listed on the lien is rarely the actual amount that’s due. Why is that? Because it’s common practice for municipalities nationwide to assess daily fines until the violation is corrected. Let’s take a look at this example.
In August 2019, the Town of Highgate in Vermont sent the homeowner a Notice of Violation regarding a breach of their solid waste ordinance. The letter states that if the violation is not cured within seven days, “the violation will continue for each offense, for each day each violation persists.” A fee of $100 per violation will accrue on a daily basis.