I received the Certificate of Sale, then Certificate of Title. I have now received an invoice for $18,000 in past dues for the last 4 years. Is this legal?
This is a frequent issue in foreclosure situations where the buyer is saddled with “buyer beware” or taking the property “as is”. There are a handful of arguments which may be made, although their efficacy is fact specific.
You should consider having an attorney review the Final Judgment of foreclosure entered in the case as well as having said attorney review the specific amounts being requested by the Association to ensure that the amounts may be recovered against the previous parcel owner as well as yourself and are not simply being “piled on”.
The relevant statute is 720.3085 (2)(b):
(b) A parcel owner is jointly and severally liable with the previous parcel owner for all unpaid assessments that came due up to the time of transfer of title. This liability is without prejudice to any right the present parcel owner may have to recover any amounts paid by the present owner from the previous owner.