Public Auction Sales of Tax-Defaulted Property

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Public Auction Sales of Tax-Defaulted Property

Upcoming Auction Dates:

June 8, 2018 at 8:00 am (PT)
June 11, 2018 at 12:00 pm (PT)

Property List and Auction Information




The right of redemption will stop at 5:00 p.m. (PT) on Thursday, June 7, 2018, the last business day prior to the sale.  Any payment sent by mail for redemption of tax-defaulted property must be received in the Tax Collector’s Office by 5:00 p.m. June 7, 2018, in the form of cash, cashier check or bank money order.

The primary purpose of a tax sale is to collect taxes that have not been paid by the property owner for at least five years. Offering the property at public auction allows the collection of past due taxes.



What you need to know:

  • ALL PROPERTIES ARE SOLD AS IS AND ALL SALES ARE FINAL.  State law sets the minimum sale price for a tax-defaulted property offered at a public auction and cannot be less than the total amount necessary to pay off the property plus costs, unless it had previously been offered for sale and received no bids.  If the property is not sold during the public auction, the owner has the right to redeem the property.  The Treasurer & Tax Collector's Office may re-offer properties with no bids in future public auctions at a minimum price appropriate for competitive bidding.
  • Properties subject to the Treasurer & Tax Collector’s Power to Sell can be obtained only by becoming the successful bidder at the county tax sale. Public auction information is published three times before the tax sale date in the local newspaper as well as online at
  • Be informed by reviewing the property's title, location and desirability of the properties available before the sale. Property characteristics may be found at
  • The County makes no guarantee for the title, location or condition of the properties for sale and is not responsible for the properties zoning, mining and reclamation regulations, building codes and permits and/or any other applicable regulations or permits. Vacant or unimproved land may have no address. Its approximate location may be determined through the use of county assessor maps. Exact boundary lines of a property can be determined only by conducting a survey of the property, at the purchaser's expense. 
  • No government agency is liable for damages to a property purchased at public auction, including from the time of sale until the recordation of the purchaser's tax deed. No warranty is given and are sold on an “as is basis”. Bidders are responsible for knowing what they are purchasing. The City Planning department can provide zoning, General Plan designation, water source and other information. Examine the County Recorder’s records for any easements on a property.

If a property was purchased and there is more than $150 remaining after tax, liens, and costs of the sale have been paid. this is called Excess Proceeds.  Parties of Interest may file a claim for excess proceeds no later than one year from the date the tax deed is recorded.   A notice of excess proceeds will be sent to all Parties of Interest.