Some property owners have been left out in the cold as more than 60,000 properties have gone vacant, according to the Sunshine State’s Sunshine and County Property Appraiser.
It is the first time the agency has listed a property without a legal owner since the state began tracking the properties in 1995.
The state has reported more than 17,000 property listings that have gone unclaimed since it began tracking properties in 1997.
Some owners have had to resort to a court process to get their property appraised, which could take several years.
Property appraiser Paul Gifford said many are asking if they can take their properties out of the state, even though they don’t have any legal right to do so.
Gifford says there are many owners who simply don’t want to sell their property.
“I would say in the last 10 years, they’ve put their home up for sale, and they’re not in the market, they’re just not in a position to sell, and the courts are kind of saying, well, you know, there’s no reason for you to be in a situation like that,” he said.
“The courts are saying if you’re not going to sell this property, then go and do it yourself, so we’re seeing a lot of that.”
Giffson said many owners are still unsure if they should take their property out of state.
“Many are looking at a whole host of options, including going through a court to get an appraisal, but it’s not a quick process,” he added.
“If you have a property appraisals agency, go to them.
Gafford said it’s unlikely many people are taking the advice.””
The state can’t help you, and we’re not.”
Gafford said it’s unlikely many people are taking the advice.
“It’s just so frustrating to see people just throw everything away.
I mean, you think that you can just do it, you’re going to do it,” he told ABC News.”
If you’re trying to find something that you know will be worth a lot, then it’s worth the time and effort to get the right paperwork and the right appraisal, so that you have everything you need to put it on the market.”
The Sunshine State Property Apprisers Association estimates about $100 million in property sales went unreported in the past five years.
“A lot of those unclaimed sales are the result of property appraisers who don’t understand the legalities of property listing, so they’re selling things for which they don, in the end, have no legal right,” said state property appraizer Chris Karp.
“When you have the ability to get those property appraises, we are seeing more and more of those property owners just go to the court and say, well I’m just going to take my property out.”
The association says it is encouraging all property owners to be proactive and to always have the right documentation to put a property on the register.