2020 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 5 - Municipalities and Counties
Article 11 - Public Improvement District
Section 5-11-18.1 - Notice obligations to purchaser; requirements; remedies.

Universal Citation: NM Stat § 5-11-18.1 (2020)

A. Prior to accepting an offer to purchase, a seller or an agent or broker of a seller of residential real property that is located in a district established pursuant to the Public Improvement District Act has an affirmative duty to provide to the purchaser of the property a written notice of information filed with the county clerk pursuant to Subsection B of Section 5-11-18 NMSA 1978, in addition to the disclosure required by Section 47-13-4 NMSA 1978, that includes:

(1) information that the property is within a public improvement district;

(2) the purpose of the district;

(3) an explanation that the purchaser is obligated to pay any property tax or special levy that is imposed by the district board;

(4) an explanation that the property tax or special levy imposed by the district board is in addition to any other state, county or other local governmental taxes and assessments;

(5) for special levies:

(a) if a special levy has not been authorized by the district board, information that a special levy has not been authorized; or

(b) if a special levy has been authorized by the district board: 1) the maximum special levy that is authorized to be imposed upon the property in the district; or 2) that the special levy to be imposed on the property in the district has been prepaid in full as provided in the rate or method of apportionment;

(6) for general obligation bonds:

(a) if general obligation bonds have not been issued, information that general obligation bonds have not been issued; or

(b) if general obligation bonds have been issued: 1) the amount of general obligation bonds that are outstanding; 2) the amount of annual debt service on outstanding general obligation bonds; 3) that the maximum rate and amount of property taxes that may be imposed upon the property in the district are limited only by the amount of debt outstanding; and 4) the estimated or projected annual mill levy or special levy per one thousand dollars ($1,000) of assessed value as of the date of the disclosure with an explanation that the estimated levy or rate may be increased by the district board when necessary to meet debt obligations;

(7) information that the failure to pay the property tax or special levy could result in the foreclosure of the property;

(8) information that more information concerning the rate of the property tax or the amount of the assessment and the due dates of each may be obtained from the governing body that authorized the formation of the district; and

(9) information that a feasibility study was completed as part of the formation of the district and that the feasibility study is available through the governing body that authorized the formation of the district.

B. The provisions of Paragraphs (5) through (7) of Subsection A of this section shall be set apart in a clear and conspicuous manner and in at least twelve-point bold type.

C. This section does not apply to a transfer:

(1) of property under a court order or foreclosure sale;

(2) of property by a trustee in bankruptcy;

(3) of property to a mortgagee by a mortgagor or successor in interest or to a beneficiary of a deed of trust by a trustor or successor in interest;

(4) of property by a mortgagee or a beneficiary under a deed of trust who has acquired the land at a sale conducted under a power of sale under a deed of trust or a sale under a court-ordered foreclosure or has acquired the land by a deed in lieu of foreclosure;

(5) of property by a fiduciary in the course of the administration of a decedent's estate, guardianship, conservatorship or trust;

(6) of property from one co-owner to another co-owner of an undivided interest in the real property; or

(7) of only a mineral interest or leasehold interest.

D. In the event of a finalized sale, any person who suffers any loss of money or property, real or personal, as a result of a violation of Subsection A or B of this section by a seller or an agent or broker of a seller may bring an action to recover actual damages and may be granted injunctive relief under the principles of equity and on terms that the court considers reasonable. The court shall award attorney fees and costs to the party complaining of a violation if the party prevails and actual damages are awarded. The court shall award attorney fees and costs to the party charged with a violation of Subsection A or B of this section if the court finds that the party complaining of such violation brought an action that was groundless. The relief provided in this subsection is in addition to remedies otherwise available against the same conduct under the common law or other laws of this state.

History: Laws 2013, ch. 45, § 11.

ANNOTATIONS

Effective dates. — Laws 2013, ch. 45, § 13 made Laws 2013, ch. 45, § 11 effective July 1, 2013.

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