How to Request a Lien Reduction
Property Owner with Property in Compliance OR Potential New Owner of a Non-Compliant Property
If you are the current owner and your property is in compliance OR if you are a potential new owner of a non-compliant property:
- Contact the Code and/or Department and request a Lien Reduction Payoff Form. You will need to have the property address and provide your email contact information in order to receive a response. Email your request to email@example.com.
- You will receive a response that includes:
- An instructional sheet of the documents needed to request a reduction; and,
- The lien amount, description of property, and owner information.
(Note: There will be no charge for the first lien information request. Each request thereafter for an update will be charged $15.00, which must be paid prior to receiving the update.)
- If you are the current owner and your property is in compliance, you will need to submit the following items:
- A letter requesting the reduction;
- Copy of the deed;
- Written confirmation taxes are up to date and no other liens exist in Pinellas County;
- Confirmation all utilities are current;
- A check to satisfy the County's costs;
- A $300 processing fee;
- Owner's contact information, including email address; and,
- If owner wants another to represent them in this matter, the owner will need to provide a Power of Attorney.
- Note: The owner cannot have any outstanding liens within Pinellas County.
- Once the reduction is determined and accepted, a Joint Motion for Reduction in Fine is prepared, then signed by the "owner", and returned for processing an order from the Special Magistrate. When the order is received, property is in compliance, all documents are signed, and payment is complete, it is the intent of the County to release the lien and close the case.
Property Owner with Property NOT in Compliance
As the property owner, if your property is not in compliance, you will not be able to request a lien reduction. The property will need to be in property compliance (as verified by a Pinellas County Code Officer/Inspector) in order to request a reduction. In addition, the person requesting a reduction cannot have any outstanding liens, outstanding taxes due, outstanding utility payments, or any other monies due to Pinellas County.