On March 8, 2012, the Supreme Court of Florida issued an opinion in a tax sale / tax deed matter that challenged the notice given in a tax deed proceeding. The Clerk of the Court failed to mail notice to the latest assessee of record. The owner challenged the issuance of the tax deed on Due Process grounds. The Court held that “where a notice sent by certified mail is returned undeliverable, the clerk of court must take additional reasonable steps to notify a titleholder of the upcoming tax sale.” The Court set aside the tax deed because the Clerk violated the owner’s Due Process rights.
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