||A previous owner may receive a secured or unsecured tax bill for several reasons. If you no longer own the property and receive an annual property tax bill, you may do either of the following:
If you receive a supplemental tax bill and you have recently sold the property, the date of the bill will determine what needs to be done.
- Forward the bill to the new owner; or
- Write or mark sold and the new owner's name on the envelope and return it to the Los Angeles County Tax Collector.
If the date of the bill is prior to the date of the sale, the bill should have been paid at the close of the escrow. Please contact your escrow company to make sure this bill was paid.
If the date of the bill is after the date of the sale, please contact the Auditor-Controller's Office to determine if the bill needs to be prorated between the seller and the buyer.
Some unsecured tax bills are assessments for events (new construction or changes in ownership) that occurred prior to the sale of the property. They are billed after the closure of escrow. The seller may be responsible for a prorated portion of the taxes. Unsecured personal property tax bills for a business, a boat or an airplane are the full responsibility of the assessee of record as of the January 1 lien date.