Oakland County, Michigan/Treasurer's Office/Property Taxes/Property Tax Foreclosure Prevention Assistance

Property Tax Foreclosure Prevention Assistance

​The Oakland County Treasurer's Office is committed to helping individuals, families and business owners avoid tax foreclosure and keep their properties. There are several assistance programs to help delinquent property taxpayers.

Delinquent taxpayers are encouraged to contact our office for free, personalized and confidential assistance. Additionally, it is highly recommended that payments on the delinquent taxes are made whenever possible.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

The Oakland County Treasurer’s Office assists all residents and business owners regardless of race, gender, age, disability, physical characteristics, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, marital status, familial status, domestic partner relationship, veteran status, citizenship, national origin, immigration status, or other protected characteristics under applicable federal, state or local laws or ordinances.

MSHDA Michigan Homeowners Assistance Fund

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) launched the Michigan Homeowner Assistance Fund (MIHAF) to ease hardships associated with the coronavirus pandemic. The funds are available to assist homeowners mortgage delinquencies, defaults, foreclosure, loss of utilities or home energy services and displacement of homeowners experiencing financial hardships.

The Oakland County Treasurer's Office is a MIHAF participating partner and has created the following Frequently Asked Questions to help our residents.

Taxpayer Assistance Meetings

The Taxpayer Assistance Meetings are held from January to March and provide one-on-one confidential meetings to assist taxpayers—with a primary residence or operating business—facing financial hardship. Meetings must be scheduled through our website and will be available beginning November.

Payment Plans

The Oakland County Treasurer's Office is diligently working with residents and property owners to create personalized payment plans with reasonable payment terms to help residential and commercial property owners keep their properties. Contact our office for more information or assistance at (248) 858-0611.

Property Tax Exemption

If you meet the eligibility requirements, you may claim a hardship exemption—granting you more time to pay your back taxes without losing your property—as governed by MCL 211.7u. For more information or assistance, contact your local treasurer's office.

Principal Residence Exemption

If the property is your principal residence or primary home and you meet the eligibility requirements, you may apply for this exemption to lower your property tax bill. A Principal Residence Exemption (PRE) Affidavit must be completed. For more information or assistance, please contact your local treasurer's office or michigan.gov/PRE.

Homestead Property Tax Credit

Michigan's Homestead Property Tax Credit can help you pay some of your property taxes if you are a qualified Michigan homeowner or renter and meet the eligibility requirements. For more information or to apply, visit michigan.gov.

Personal Property Tax Exemption

The General Property Tax Act provides exemptions for certain categories of personal property including the Small Business Taxpayer Exemption and the Eligible Manufacturing Personal Property and Act 328 – New Personal Property. For more information on each of these exemptions including determining eligibility and how to claim the exemption, visit michigan.gov or send an email to State-Tax-Commission@michigan.gov.

Information regarding payment options or to pay your taxes is available here.