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Real Property Liens

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is a real property lien certificate?

A. A lien certificate (PDF) indicates the status of any unpaid taxes or charges associated with a Real Property Tax account. Lien Certificates are required prior to any transfer of Real Property accounts. The cost is $40 and checks should be made payable to Baltimore County, Maryland. A completed application should accompany your payment. Applications can be obtained in person or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Baltimore County Office of Budget and Finance, 400 Washington Avenue, Room 150, Towson, MD 21204-4665.

Q. Do all unpaid taxes and charges on the lien certificate have to be paid before the property transfer can be done?

A. In most cases, yes. Please call the Transfer Tax Section for information relating to specific accounts at 410-887-2416.

Q. I have a legal lien on my credit report. Who do I call?

A. Please call the Judgments & Liens Section, Clerk of the Court at 410-887-2621.

Revised June 19, 2012

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