I would talk to my attorney about this for sure. If you want to go it alone, I would ignore the letter for now to see if the attorney escalates. They often send letters like to this to fish for payment without legal grounds.
However, if the evaluation was lowered, I would refund the previous owner for the time period it was lowered while he owned it. I would communicate directly to the previous owner verbally. Not through his attorney or by email.
Best of Luck!
I agree with @Chris Sellers I would ignore and tell your attorney not to worry about it, and you didn’t ask him to represent you. Down here it would have to be a petty little turd to actually sue you for such a small sum. Probably bluffing. And if not just pay the money. I would skip the attorney as that only buys you three hours anyway.
The seller Is owed the reduced amount appropriate for the period during which He owned. You signed documents at closing agreeing to this. You get the benefit of the reduced taxes during the time You owned it.
Do the math, cut the check.
Thank you all for your quick replies !! i really appreciate it. I talked to the lawyer that did our transaction and she said there would be no fees, she wants to clear things with the seller and us so we don't end on bad terms. I sent her copies of the refund/credit and basically explained to her what you all said, that we would split it based on the time they owned the home, still waiting for her to get back to me, i will keep you guys posted!
Thanks again :-)
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