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What is a Municipal Lien?

A municipal lien is a lien filed by a municipal corporation against a property owner for the owner’s proportional share of public improvement that specifically and individually benefits the owner.

In Florida, a Municipal Lien Search protects a buyer from unknowingly acquiring debt from municipal charges. This type of detailed research uncovers unrecorded municipal liens, code violations, special assessments, open or expired permits, and unpaid utility fees.

When you or your client is thinking about purchasing a property in Florida, an important step in the process is conducting a municipal lien search. These are especially crucial in foreclosures and short sales but are also included in most Florida real estate transactions.

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