Tax Certificate and Deed Sales
Tax Certificate Sale
Real Estate Taxes become delinquent on April 1 of each year. After Real Estate Taxes become delinquent, they are advertised in a local newspaper once per week for three consecutive weeks. The advertising and collection cost is added to the delinquent bill.
On or before June 1, the Tax Collector must conduct a Tax Certificate Sale of the unpaid taxes on each parcel of property. The sale is operated on a competitive bid basis with interest bids beginning at 18% and progressing downward. When a certificate is sold against a piece of property, the successful bidder pays the delinquent taxes on that property and holds a certificate that constitutes a first lien against the property.
To redeem the certificate, the owner of the property must pay the Tax Collector all delinquent taxes plus accrued interests, and advertising cost. The Tax Collector will reimburse the certificate holder all monies due and the property will be free of that tax lien.
Tax Deed Sales
If the Tax Certificate is not redeemed within two years, the certificate holder may file a Tax Deed Application. In Orange County, Tax Deed Sales are processed through the Orange County Comptroller’s Office.