If there is a lien on a property you own or are looking to buy, you can apply for a lien settlement to reduce the fine amount due

You must submit the settlement application through the lien settlement email address before we can review the property record and possibly approve a settlement.

Things to consider

  • Any property must be in compliance before lien release or settlement can occur
  • When submitting an application complete the entire form to ensure your request is processed quickly
  • Providing complete information will greatly assist us in processing your request and providing an accurate response
  • Lien payoff inquiries must be submitted in writing to the lien settlement mailbox and do not require a completed application
  • All lien settlement requests must be submitted through the lien settlement mailbox; all other forms of contact will delay your request, and response times may exceed 72 hours
  • Hardships: If the subject property is listed with the Hillsborough County Property Appraiser as Homesteaded you may qualify for hardship consideration i.e. severe financial hardship; Active Duty/Veteran status; other difficulties [senior citizen, medical issues, etc.]. If this applies, supporting documentation will be required and submitted to management for review and approval

Identifying a lien

These are the steps to take to identify whether your property or a property you wish to purchase has a lien and to pay the fines associated with the lien:

  1. If not known, verify owner of record by searching the owner name, address, or folio number of the property on the Property Appraiser’s website
  2. Check the property address for liens
    • Search for case numbers starting with BA, CE, C, L, or W
    • Click on the link for those cases to check the status and to see if there is a lien noted
  3. Verify and obtain the lien information in the Clerk of Circuit Court Records
  4. Once you verify that a lien exists on a property the fines will need to be paid
    • Fines can be paid by following the instructions on our payment page

How to request a lien settlement

In order for us to consider a lien settlement application, you must bring any violations on the property into compliance and the property owner or authorized representative must submit a completed and signed application.

  1. Download the application
  2. Review and complete the form, including having the signatures notarized
  3. Submit the completed form and any supporting information to the lien settlement mailbox
    • Put the case number and address of the property in the subject line of the email

What's next

  • The Lien Settlement Team will respond as quickly as possible to your request, after a lien settlement application is submitted you can typically expect to receive a response within 7 to 10 business days
  • Once an offer has been made you will have 30 days to pay the fine
    • Fines can be paid by following the instructions on our payment page
  • Once payment is received and verified the Lien Settlement Team will Release of Lien on the property

Get help

Department/Team: Citizens Board Support / Lien Settlement Team
Email: liensettlements@hcfl.gov
Phone: (813) 635-8316

Last Modified: 2/16/2024, 5:46:53 PM

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