As property values in and around Philadelphia are rising, so too is the incidence of house theft–fraudulent property transfers–in which houses are being taken out from under their rightful owners. If you own a house or any other properties, be on the lookout for a notification from the City of Philadelphia claiming anything has been filed in regard to your property.
If you have received a letter like this, but did not intentionally or recently sign a deed or mortgage, you might be a victim of house theft. Calling the police is a good first step. The best second step is to call our real estate lawyers at (215) 423-5500 to find out how we can help you to protect your property.
House theft can be a complicated issue, full of paperwork and records from City Hall. The people who commit fraudulent property transfers know this, and know that homeowners might not even recognize or understand when title to their house has been taken. Once a house thief has title to a property, they might try to take out a mortgage against the value of the house or even sell it outright.
Our attorneys may be able to place a lien, also known as a lis pendens, against the property and get the courts to title your lawfully-obtained property back to you. If you believe you are the victim of house theft, do not hesitate; call Kenny, Burns & McGill today to protect your rights.
The real estate attorneys at Kenny, Burns & McGill have vast experience in real estate, civil litigation, and criminal defense cases. They can help to identify and explain any legal issues pertaining to house theft and other real estate concerns.