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California Laws | Revenue and Taxation Code

(d) In any case where an action by the tax collector under this section is dismissed and the assessee is not required by the court to pay the taxes as a condition of dismissal and subsequent to the delinquency date the taxes remain unpaid, the county shall be entitled to recover, in addition to the taxes and all penalties and costs accruing thereon, all costs ordered by the court to be paid by the county to the assessee in the first action and all costs incurred by the county in any subsequent actions of the county in collecting the taxes. (5089)

(e) In all actions and proceedings brought under this section, all courts in which the actions and proceedings are pending shall, upon the request of any party thereto, give the actions and proceedings precedence over all other civil actions and proceedings, except actions and proceedings to which special precedence is otherwise given by law, in the matter of setting them for hearing or trial, and in their hearing or trial, to the end that all the actions and proceedings shall be quickly heard and determined. (5090)

3007. Civil actions for delinquent taxes or assessments pursuant to Section 3003 shall be commenced within three years of the date upon which unsecured taxes became delinquent. The limitation period of this section shall be tolled for any and all periods during which a civil action described by this section is prohibited by federal bankruptcy laws or rules, or by a court order. (5091)


3101. If any unsecured tax, interest, or penalty imposed under this part is not paid by the last day of the month succeeding the delinquency date, the official collecting taxes on the unsecured roll may file, no sooner than 10 days after the mailing of the notice required in subdivision (b), in the office of the clerk of the court, without fee, a certificate specifying as follows: (5093)

(a) The fact that a notice of intent to file the certificate had been sent, by registered mail, to the assessee, at his or her last known address, not less than 10 days prior to the date of the certificate. (5094)

(b) The fact that the notice required in subdivision (a) set forth the following information: (5095)

(1) The name of the assessee. (5096)

(2) The description of the property assessed. (5097)

(3) The assessed value of the property. (5098)

(4) The fact that judgment will be sought in the amount of the tax, penalty, and interest that is unpaid at the time of the filing of the certificate. (5099)

(5) The fact that, upon the issuance and recordation of that judgment, additional penalties will continue to accrue at the rate prescribed by law, and that any bond premium posted or other costs to enforce the judgment shall be an added charge. (5100)

(6) The fact that a recording fee in the amount set forth in Section 27361.3 of the Government Code will be required to be paid for the purpose of the recordation of any satisfaction of the judgment lien. (5101)

(c) The name of the assessee. (5102)

(d) The amount for which judgment is to be entered. (5103)

(e) The fact that the county has complied with all provisions of this part in the computation and the levy of the tax, penalty, and interest. (5104)

(f) The fact that a request is therein made for the issuance and entry of judgment against the assessee. (5105)

3102. The clerk of the court immediately upon the filing of the certificate shall enter a judgment for the county against the assessee in the amount of the tax, penalty, and interest set forth in the certificate. The clerk of the court may file the judgment in a looseleaf book entitled "County Unsecured Property Tax Judgments." (5106)

3103. An abstract or a copy of the judgment with respect to unsecured taxes shall be recorded, without fee, in the office of the county recorder of any county. From the time of the recording, the amount of the tax, penalty, and interest set forth constitutes a lien upon all property of the assessee in the county, owned by him or her or afterward, and before the lien expires, acquired by him or her. The lien has the force, effect, and priority of a judgment lien and continues for 10 years from the date of the recording unless sooner released or otherwise discharged. The lien imposed by this section shall not be valid insofar as personal property is concerned as against a purchaser for value without actual knowledge of the lien. (5107)

3104. Notwithstanding any other provisions of law relating to interest authorized or allowed as a result of any judgment duly entered, the additional penalty provided for in this division shall be imposed in lieu of any such judgment interest. (5108)

3104.5. In addition to any penalty or fee imposed pursuant to this part, a penalty equal to the amount of any bond premium posted, or other costs incurred to enforce the judgment entered pursuant to this chapter shall be imposed. (5109)

3105. Within 10 years from the date of the recording or within 10 years from the date of the last extension of the lien in the manner provided for in this section, the lien may be extended by recording in the office of the county recorder of the county an abstract or copy of the judgment. From the time of the recording the lien extends to the property for 10 years unless sooner released or otherwise discharged. (5110)

3106. Execution shall issue upon the judgment upon request of the official collecting taxes on the unsecured roll in the same manner as execution may issue upon other judgments, and sales shall be held under such execution as prescribed in the Code of Civil Procedure. (5111)

3107. (a) The judgment is satisfied and the lien removed when, but not before, the satisfaction of the judgment is recorded in the office of the county recorder. In addition to the judgment amount, and any additional penalty authorized by this part, the tax collector may collect the recording fee in the amount required by Section 27361.3 of the Government Code and transmit the amount of that fee to the county recorder together with the documents for release or discharge. (5112)

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