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WVC 11 A- 3 - 25 §11A-3-25. Distribution of surplus to purchaser.
(a) Where the land has been redeemed in the manner set forth in section twenty-three of this article, and the State Auditor has delivered the redemption money to the sheriff pursuant to section twenty-four of this article, the sheriff shall, upon receipt of the sum necessary to redeem, promptly notify the purchaser or his or her heirs or assigns, by mail, of the fact of the redemption and pay to the purchaser or his or her heirs or assigns the following amounts:

(1) From the sale of tax lien surplus fund provided by section ten of this article:

(A) The surplus of money paid in excess of the amount of the taxes, interest and charges paid by the purchaser to the sheriff at the sale; and

(B) The amount of taxes, interest and charges paid by the purchaser on the date of the sale, plus the interest at the rate of one percent per month from the date of sale to the date of redemption;

(2) All other taxes on the land which have since been paid by the purchaser or his or her heirs or assigns, with interest at the rate of one percent per month from the date of payment to the date of redemption;

(3) Any additional reasonable expenses that the purchaser may have incurred from January 1 of the year following the sheriff's sale to the date of redemption for the preparation of the list of those to be served with notice to redeem and any written documentation used for the preparation of the list, in accordance with section nineteen of this article, with interest at the rate of one percent per month from the date of payment, but the amount which shall be paid, excluding the interest, for the expenses incurred for the preparation of the list of those to be served with notice to redeem required by section nineteen of this article shall not exceed the amount actually incurred by the purchaser or $300, whichever is less: Provided, That the attorney may only charge a fee for legal services actually performed and must certify that he or she conducted an examination to determine the list of those to be served required by section nineteen of this article; and

(4) All additional statutory costs paid by the purchaser.

(b) (1) The notice shall include:

(A) A copy of the redemption certificate issued by the State Auditor;

(B) An itemized statement of the redemption money to which the purchaser is entitled pursuant to the provisions of this section; and

(C) Where, at the time of the redemption, the State Auditor has not received from the purchaser satisfactory proof of the expenses incurred in preparing the list of those to be served with notice to redeem and any written documentation used for the preparation of the list in accordance with section nineteen of this article, the State Auditor shall also include instructions to the purchaser as to how these expenses may be claimed.

(2) Subject to the limitations of this section, the purchaser is entitled to recover any expenses incurred in preparing the list of those to be served with notice to redeem and any written documentation used for the preparation of the list from January 1 of the year following the sheriff's sale to the date of the sale to the date of the redemption.

(c) Where, pursuant to section twenty-three of this article, the State Auditor has not received from the purchaser satisfactory proof of the expenses incurred in preparing the list of those to be served with notice to redeem, including written documentation used for preparation of the list, in the form of receipts or other evidence within thirty days from the date of notification by the State Auditor, the sheriff shall refund the amount to the person redeeming and the purchaser is barred from any claim. Where, pursuant to that section, the State Auditor has received from the person redeeming and therefore delivered to the sheriff the sum of $300 plus interest at the rate of one percent per month from January 1 of the year following the sheriff's sale to the date of the sale to the date of redemption, and the purchaser provides the sheriff within thirty days from the date of notification satisfactory proof of the expenses, and the amount of the expenses is less than the amount paid by the person redeeming, the sheriff shall refund the difference to the person redeeming.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2014 1st Special Session
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