Victim speaks out on Michigan’s abusive foreclosure law
Henderson Hodgens and other small property owners are turning to the Supreme Court for help after they were victimized by Michigan’s abusive foreclosure law. Hodgens’ childhood home was taken by Van Buren County and sold for a $42,000 profit, which the county pocketed, leaving Hodgen’s with nothing except his father’s old tractor.
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Wayside Church v. Van Buren County, Michigan
When Michigan property owners fall behind on their taxes, the state allows counties to seize and sell the land, and keep all sale proceeds–no matter how small the tax debt or how valuable the property. Van Buren County reaped a major windfall after selling three properties with relatively small tax debts, including a church. PLF believes local governments violate the Takings Clause of the Constitution when they keep the surplus, and has asked for Supreme Court review.Read more
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