There are many things that you take for granted: that the city will notify you when your taxes are due, that they have the correct address to do so and that your sidewalks and streets aren’t for sale. But for a San Francisco community, none of these things proved to be true.
In a fluke case, an unpaid tax bill on the common areas of an exclusive private street (including sidewalks, the street and parking) caused the city to put the property up for sale. The bill ($994) went unpaid because the accountant’s address hadn’t been updated since the 1980s. So when the land went on the auction block, a real estate developer bought it and wants to charge the homeowners to park in front of their homes. Now there will be far more than $994 in legal bills as the new landowners and the long-time residents duel over who has control.
You know the morals of the story: Don’t take things for granted. Details matter. Little things can turn into large problems if left unchecked. Today is just a reminder to heed the wisdom.