Aggressive D.C. tax lien program leaves homeowners reeling

An obscure program under which Washington, D.C., tax liens are sold to debt collectors has left hundreds of homeowners -- some with original tax bills as low as a few hundred dollars -- with massive debt or no home at all. The predatory collectors have added high interest and attorney fees to the liens, and in nearly 200 cases have foreclosed. Upon learning of the program, D.C. officials expressed outrage and are calling for an emergency measure to stop the process, although a letter sent in April 2012 warning of the problem went largely ignored.

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