Bulletin: TX2020002

Date:
February 13, 2020
To:
All Texas Issuing Offices
RE:
UNDERWRITING - Assignment of Tax Liens

Dear Associates:

According to the Title Insurance Guaranty Association website, TTIGA unanimously voted to reinstate the Tex. Tax Code §32.06 allows the transfer of ad valorem tax liens. Since its enactment the statute has been amended several times to add consumer protections and reduce perceived abuses by tax lien lenders. Stewart Title Guaranty Company has determined that assignments of tax liens under the Tax Code are generally not insurable. No policy underwritten by Stewart Title Guaranty Company insuring an assignment of a tax lien should be issued without the express written approval of a Texas underwriter. 

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THIS BULLETIN IS FURNISHED TO INFORM YOU OF CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS. AS A REMINDER, YOU ARE CHARGED WITH KNOWLEDGE OF THE CONTENT ON VIRTUAL UNDERWRITER  AS IT EXISTS FROM TIME TO TIME AS IT APPLIES TO YOU, AS WELL AS ANY OTHER INSTRUCTIONS. OUR UNDERWRITING AGREEMENTS DO NOT AUTHORIZE OUR ISSUING AGENTS TO ENGAGE IN SETTLEMENTS OR CLOSINGS ON BEHALF OF STEWART TITLE GUARANTY COMPANY. THIS BULLETIN IS NOT INTENDED TO DIRECT YOUR ESCROW OR SETTLEMENT PRACTICES OR TO CHANGE PROVISIONS OF APPLICABLE UNDERWRITING AGREEMENTS. CONFIDENTIAL, PROPRIETARY, OR NONPUBLIC PERSONAL INFORMATION SHOULD NEVER BE SHARED OR DISSEMINATED EXCEPT AS ALLOWED BY LAW. IF APPLICABLE STATE LAW OR REGULATION IMPOSES ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS, YOU SHOULD CONTINUE TO COMPLY WITH THOSE REQUIREMENTS.

References

Bulletins Replaced:
TX000077 Assignment of Tax Liens
Related Bulletins:
None
Underwriting Manual:
19.04 Taxes And Assessments
Exceptions Manual:
None
Forms:
None