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Los Angeles County notifies property owners of defaulted prior year taxes


Keith Knox, Los Angeles County Treasurer and Tax Collector, is in the process of  mailing approximately 83,000 Statements of Prior Year Taxes with an attached Special  Notice to Los Angeles County property owners. The statement alerts property owners that they have unpaid Annual and/or Supplemental Secured Property Taxes for prior year(s), and their property may become subject to the tax collector’s power to sell.

If  residential or agricultural property remains tax defaulted for more than five years, and  commercial property or unimproved vacant residential lots remain tax defaulted for more  than three years, the county will offer the property for sale at a public auction in accordance  with State law. The notice provides important information regarding payment options, the Department’s office location, and office hours.

“As a result of this mailing, property owners may find it difficult to  reach us on the telephone,” Knox said. “They may obtain answers to the great majority of their  questions, including how to request a copy of a property tax bill, obtain the amount due  on any property, or find the tax payment history for the past three fiscal tax years on the  Los Angeles County Property Tax Portal at Property  owners may also call the toll-free Property Tax Information Line at (888) 807-2111,  where automated information is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

Property owners can subscribe to receive property tax related emails from the Treasurer  and Tax Collector regarding special notices and upcoming events, such as annual property tax deadline reminders, office location updates and other news. To subscribe, taxpayers may go to Email Notification Service at

The State of California Housing Finance Agency has launched the California Mortgage  Relief Program to provide up to $20,000 in property tax relief. The program covers financial  assistance for property taxes! Homeowners must have faced a  COVID-19 pandemic-related financial hardship and have missed  one property tax payment before June 13, 2022. Funds received  never have to be paid back, and there is no cost to apply. Learn  more today at For assistance, contact (888) 840-2594 or

It is recommended that residents pay the total amount due. However, partial payments are accepted, which can reduce the amount of penalties imposed.

To make payments online, go to and select “Pay Property Taxes Online.” Payments can be made 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There is no cost for electronic check (eCheck) payments. The tax  statement contains the Assessor’s Identification Number (AIN) and Personal Identification  Number (PIN), which are needed to complete the transaction. Each eCheck transaction is  limited to $999,999.99.

View a step-by-step video on how to make an eCheck payment at

Under provisions of the Federal Servicemembers  Civil Relief Act, active military personnel, regardless of the duration of military service or  financial status, qualify for a reduction in the interest charged on unpaid property taxes. For  more information, visit personnel.

For general tax information, visit, email, or write: Treasurer and Tax Collector, P.O. Box 512102, Los Angeles, CA 90051-0102. Residents can also visit offices at  225 N. Hill St., First Floor Lobby, Los Angeles, CA 90012 or call (888) 807-2111 or (213) 974-2111, the Property Tax Information Line where automated information is available 24 hours a day, seven  days a week. Anyone who is hearing impaired and has TDD equipment may leave a message at (213) 974-2196, or use California Relay Services at (800) 735-2929.  The fax number is (213) 620-7948.