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    Default Who is Responsible to File a Deed After a Property Sale

    In a conventional home sale in L.A. County, with a reputable escrow company used for the sale.....EXACTLY which entity is responsible for filing the new deed? Buyer? Seller? Or the Escrow company? If the deed is properly filed, does the name change from seller to buyer necessarily automatically occur?
    ***I ask because 7 months after the home sale the County of L.A. Tax Assessor's office is still sending me, the seller, tax statements. The County obviously hasn't made the name change and cleared my name from the property.

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    Default Re: L.a. County Real Property Sale

    Have you tried to call the tax office and asked them why they have continued sending you tax bills?

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    Yep, called today, got 2 different stories....1st rep, then supervisor. The super claimed "our system is back logged." Those nitwits can say anything. I'm trying to find out if this was an escrow issue, and they aren't calling back.

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    I guess my question is: what difference does it reslly make unless somebody is actually chasing you for the money.

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    I'll try Clark Howard's forum to see if I can get an answer.

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    Default Re: L.a. County Real Property Sale

    You got an answer, from the tax office. You didn’t appear to like those answers


    in the end it doesnt make any difference. It isn’t your property anymore.

    The ultimate responsible party is the grantee (buyer). Often times the closing office, whether it be a title office, an attorney, or mortgage lending company, will file the deed as s part of their services.


    There is no “name change” involved with the deeds. The registration of a deed doesn’t necessarily mean there is a change of ownership either. Sometimes deeds are used to clear a title.

    The tax issue is something different. Most tax offices I’ve dealt with change the recipient of the tax bills when somebody tells them there has been an ownership change. There is no official notifier.

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