If you received a delinquency notice and pay your property taxes through a mortgage
escrow click here.
Some property owners ask mortgage companies, banks or other lending institutions to establish escrow accounts to pay property taxes. When such an arrangement is made, the taxpayer is still responsible for ensuring that the tax payment is made.
This information advises taxpayers on how to monitor their mortgage holders to ensure that tax payments are made on time and in full.
Can a mortgage company pay a property owner's property tax?
Yes. Usually at closing, the buyer and lender agree to set up an escrow account for that purpose.
Who gets the property tax bills?
It is important that the property owners see where their taxes are going and see that they receive all exemptions available to them. For these reasons, bills are sent to the owners. The mortgage company may use an online system to pay by wire or obtain
duplicate bills from the Treasurer's Office for a fee.
Are there risks to paying through a mortgage company?
Yes. Sometimes both the company and the homeowner pay the taxes. If you are not sure whether you are paying taxes through your mortgage escrow, call the lender. Do not double-pay. A company also may fail to pay the taxes or pay on the wrong Property Index
Number (PIN), something that happens to more than 2,500 taxpayers each year in Cook County. For these reasons, you should check the payment status section of this website to confirm that the company has made a payment after each installment
What if neither the mortgage company nor the homeowner pays the taxes?
Taxes and interest are still due. If payment is delayed too long, delinquent taxes could be offered for sale, which could result in loss of your property. Remember: If you are current with payments into your real estate tax escrow and the company
fails to pay on time or fails to pay the correct amount or fails to pay on the correct PIN, state and federal laws require the lender to pay any interest or fees. You should also be reimbursed by the company for any money taken from your
escrow that is paid on the wrong PIN.
How can the owner avoid such problems?
Homeowners must stay aware of their property tax payment status by checking online or staying in contact with the mortgage company. When a tax installment is due, a homeowner should check with the company to see on which PIN it is going to pay.