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FAQ: Tax Sales
Audit Services Division
Property Tax Division
Procedures and Rules
FAQ: Tax Sale
What is the date, time, and location of your next tax sale?
May 25, 2017 at 8:30 am in the Salt Lake County Council Chambers at 2001 South State Street in Salt Lake City.
When, where, and how are your tax sales advertised?
The Tax Sale will be advertised in a newspaper having general circulation in the County beginning four weeks prior to the tax sale. Properties scheduled for tax sale can also be seen on the
Current Tax Sale List
How and when do I register for your tax sale and is there a registration fee?
You can register online with our
bidder registration form
, or at the office of the Sale Lake County Auditor. Registration also takes place near the Council chambers the morning of the sale until the sale commences. There is no registration fee.
What types of payment methods are required at the sale?
Cash or certified funds.
Is payment in full required on the day of the sale?
Payment must be tendered immediately after being declared the successful bidder. Failure or refusal to submit funds will result in the bidder being banned from both further bidding and participation in future tax sales.
Does the County offer a financing program?
What type of document is issued at the sale?
The successful bidder gets a receipt at the sale from the County Treasurer. A tax deed is issued later by the County Auditor and includes the successful bidder’s name and address, the property’s legal description, and the amount paid.
Once a property is acquired through your tax sale, is there a redemption period before one can take possession?
There is no redemption period after the sale.
Do you allow absentee bidding?
No, but an authorized agent can bid for you as long as the agent has filled out a registration form.
What happens to the properties that do not sell at the auction and can they be purchased directly from the County?
If the property is not sold, the County becomes the owner. An individual interested in purchasing the property can go to the County’s
Real Estate Division
and inquire about it.
Where can I find a current list of properties available for purchase?
Please see the
Current Tax Sale List
. Please note that many of these properties may be redeemed prior to the Tax Sale. Consequently, only on the day of sale will the list be accurate. Properties are only available for sale on the day of the sale.
Can you place me on your tax sale mailing list?
There is no tax sale mailing list
If we end up with a property, does the county handle the foreclosure process?
How can I purchase tax liens or tax lien certificates?
Utah law does not permit the sale of tax liens or tax lien certificates.
Where can I find a list of excess funds from the tax sale?
The County does not maintain excess funds above the amount of taxes, penalties, interest and administrative costs related to the property subject to sale. Any excess funds are remitted to the delinquent property owner, lien holder, or to the State Treasurer.