Judge Rules Against Pa. Widow Who Lost Home Over $6.30

The Beaver County woman says she plans to appeal the decision to the Commonwealth Court.

A Western Pennsylvania widow whose house was auctioned over $6.30 of unpaid interest said she plans to appeal a judge’s decision to the Commonwealth Court the Associated Press reported.

Last week, Beaver County Common Pleas Judge Gus Kwidis ruled that the county’s tax claim bureau complied with legal notification requirements before Eileen Battisti's $280,000 home was auctioned in 2011, the AP reported.

In the decision, Kwidis turned down Battisti's request to reverse the sale of her home. 

The property sold for about $116,000, the AP reported, however Battisti still lives in the home. She told the AP her husband, who passed away in 2004, handled all the paperwork for the home.

Battisti told the AP she didn’t know about the $6.30. But the judge said evidence indicates otherwise. 

"There is no doubt that (she) had actual receipt of the notification of the tax upset sale on July 7, 2011, and Aug. 16, 2011," the judge wrote, according to the AP article. "Moreover, on Aug. 12, 2011, a notice of sale was sent by first class mail and was not returned."

Moving forward May 03, 2014 at 12:53 PM
PATTY TAYLOR May 03, 2014 at 05:28 PM
Shameful! What if this happened to your Mother? She was treated worst than a crimmal. What is going on here?
Ned Hardt May 03, 2014 at 11:01 PM
I'm getting sick of hearing about this so called $6. The woman, who was mid/late 40s when widowed, paid her RE taxes a year late and never paid the late fees. Those of course accumulated interest over the years between that event and the sheriff sale of the home some years later. Of course she was notified, she ignored it, just as she had initially ignored paying her taxes which is why she had late fees, which grew to over $200 before the house was put up for sheriff sale. All these people berating the judge and others involved are either unaware of the facts or ignoring them. This woman also has two adult college educated children, between the three of them, you'd think someone would realize that they have to pay their real estate taxes (and should pay them on time!) if they wish to keep their home. BTW, when did the value of this home go up 20K? All other reports estimate the value as $260K. of course any home is really only worth what someone will pay for it, and someone DID pay for it in the sheriff sale, and has been unable to take possession of what they legally purchased for several years now because this woman is just squatting there and filing more court cases.
William DeAngelis May 23, 2014 at 11:19 AM
William DeAngelis If the widow is unable to manage her affairs, even close to wisely, the court could have appointed one or both of her college educated children to help handle her affairs for her. As it is, the court provided a legal path for what amounts to theft. While it appears the sheriff followed the path they were obliged to follow, it got caught up in technicalities. They could have requested a "Friend of the Court" be appointed to help such matters not appear that the courts are in business to help steal from old incompetent widows with the help of "by the book only" elected officials. Tis another sad day for citizens who expect just good sense from their government.


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