Tax Lien Certificates and Tax Deed Sales in Florida FL


There are 67 Counties in Florida. It became the 27th state on March 3, 1845. The state motto is "In God We Trust".

Florida tax lien certificates are very attractive since the maximum interest rate being offered to on all Florida tax lien certificates is 18% per annum and a 5% minimum with a two year right of redemption.

Summary: On the day and approximately at the time designated in the notice of the sale, the tax collector shall commence the sale of tax lien certificates on those lands on which taxes have not been paid, and he or she shall continue the sale from day to day until each certificate is sold to pay the taxes, interest, costs, and charges on the parcel described in the certificate. In case there are no bidders, the certificate shall be issued to the county. The tax collector shall offer all certificates on the lands as they are assessed (Sec. 197.432).

Law: Florida Tax Lien Certificate Laws. Florida Statutes, Title XIV, Chapter 197, "Tax Collections, Sales, and Liens."

Tax Sale List: Use Florida Tax Sale Lists to search for Florida tax lien certificates to buy or bid on. Generally most Florida tax sale lists will identify the property owner, parcel number, legal description and the amount due. In some cases, the tax sale list may include the tax collectors assessed value of the property.

Contact: County tax collector. The tax collector has the authority and obligation to collect all taxes as shown on the tax roll by the date of delinquency or to collect delinquent taxes, interest, and costs, by sale of tax certificates on real property and by seizure and sale of personal property. The tax collector shall be allowed to collect reasonable attorney's fees and court costs in actions on proceedings to recover delinquent taxes, interest, and costs (Sec. 197.332).

Interest Rate: 18% maximum. Real estate property taxes shall bear interest at the rate of 18 percent per annum from the date of delinquency until a tax lien certificate is sold (Sec. 197.172).

Auction Type: Tax Lien Certificate (Sec. 197.432) and Tax Deed (Sec. 197.502).

On the day and approximately at the time designated in the notice of the sale, the tax collector shall commence the sale of tax certificates on those lands on which taxes have not been paid, and he or she shall continue the sale from day to day until each certificate is sold to pay the taxes, interest, costs, and charges on the parcel described in the certificate (Sec. 197.432).

(1) The holder of any tax certificate, other than the county, at any time after 2 years have elapsed since April 1 of the year of issuance of the tax certificate and before the expiration of 7 years from the date of issuance, may file the certificate and an application for a tax deed with the tax collector of the county where the lands described in the certificate are located. The application may be made on the entire parcel of property or any part thereof which is capable of being readily separated from the whole. The tax collector shall be allowed a tax deed application fee of $75 (Sec. 197.502).

(5) (c) The clerk shall advertise and administer the sale and receive such fees for the issuance of the deed and sale of the property as are provided in s. 28.24 (Sec. 197.502).

Bidding Procedure: Bid down interest. Each certificate shall be struck off to the person who will pay the taxes, interest, costs, and charges and will demand the lowest rate of interest, not in excess of the maximum rate of interest allowed by this chapter. The tax collector shall accept bids in even increments and in fractional interest rate bids of one-quarter of 1 percent only. If there is no buyer, the certificate shall be issued to the county at the maximum rate of interest allowed by this chapter. (Sec. 197.432).

When a tax certificate is redeemed and the interest earned on the tax certificate is less than 5 percent of the face amount of the certificate, a mandatory charge of 5 percent shall be levied upon the tax certificate. The person redeeming the tax certificate shall pay the interest rate due on the certificate or the 5-percent mandatory charge, whichever is greater. This subsection applies to all county-held tax certificates and all individual tax certificates except those with an interest rate bid of zero percent. (Sec. 197.432 (2) ).

Costs: The tax collector shall receive $2.25 as a service charge for each endorsement (Sec. 197.462). The tax collector is allowed to charge a tax deed application fee of $15 (Sec. 197.502).

Redemption Period: Any person may redeem a tax certificate at any time before the tax deed is issued or the property is placed on the list of lands available for sale (Sec. 197.472). The certificate holder is entitled to initiate a judicial foreclosure proceeding any time after two years from April 1 of the year the certificate was purchased; however, the proceeding must be commenced within seven years of the certificates date of issuance (Sec. 197.502).

Deed Assigned at Foreclosure to: The holder/owner of the Tax Lien Certificate. (1) The holder of any tax certificate, other than the county, at any time after 2 years have elapsed since April 1 of the year of issuance of the tax certificate and before the expiration of 7 years from the date of issuance, may file the certificate and an application for a tax deed with the tax collector of the county where the lands described in the certificate are located. The application may be made on the entire parcel of property or any part thereof which is capable of being readily separated from the whole. The tax collector shall be allowed a tax deed application fee of $75 (Sec. 197.502).

197.542 Sale at public auction. 1) The lands advertised for sale to the highest bidder as a result of an application filed under s. 197.502 shall be sold at public auction by the clerk of the circuit court, or his or her deputy, of the county where the lands are located on the date, at the time, and at the location as set forth in the published notice, which shall be during the regular hours the clerk's office is open. At the time and place, the clerk shall read the notice of sale and shall offer the lands described in the notice for sale to the highest bidder for cash at public outcry. The amount required to redeem the tax certificate, plus the amounts paid by the holder to the clerk of the circuit court in charges for costs of sale, redemption of other tax certificates on the same lands, and all other costs to the applicant for tax deed, plus interest thereon at the rate of 1.5 percent per month for the period running from the month after the date of application for the deed through the month of sale and costs incurred for the service of notice provided for in s. 197.522(2), shall be considered the bid of the certificateholder for the property. However, if the land to be sold is assessed on the latest tax roll as homestead property, the bid of the certificateholder shall be increased to include an amount equal to one-half of the assessed value of the homestead property as required by s. 197.502. If there are no higher bids, the land shall be struck off and sold to the certificateholder. If there are other bids, the certificateholder shall have the right to bid as others present may bid, and the property shall be struck off and sold to the highest bidder. The clerk may refuse to recognize the bid of any person who has previously bid and refused, for any reason, to honor such bid.

(2) The clerk of the circuit court shall demand immediate payment of an amount equal to the highest bid plus applicable documentary stamp taxes and recording fees. If full payment is not received by the clerk within 24 hours after the advertised time of the sale, the clerk shall cancel the bids and readvertise the property for sale. If the sale is canceled for any reason, the clerk shall immediately readvertise the sale to be held no later than 30 days from the date the sale was canceled. Only one advertisement shall be necessary. No further notice shall be required. The amount of the statutory (opening) bid shall be increased by the cost of advertising, additional clerk's fees as provided for in s. 28.24(26), and interest as provided for in subsection (1). The clerk shall receive full payment prior to the issuance of the tax deed.

197.552 Tax deeds.--All tax deeds shall be issued in the name of a county and shall be signed by the clerk of the county. The deed shall be witnessed by two witnesses, the official seal shall be attached thereto, and the deed shall be acknowledged or proven as other deeds. Except as specifically provided in this chapter, no right, interest, restriction, or other covenant shall survive the issuance of a tax deed, except that a lien of record held by a municipal or county governmental unit, when such lien is not satisfied as of the disbursement of proceeds of sale under the provisions of s. 197.582, shall survive the issuance of a tax deed. The charges by the clerk shall be as provided in s. 28.24. Tax deeds issued to a purchaser of land for delinquent taxes shall be in the form prescribed by the department. All deeds issued pursuant to this section shall be prima facie evidence of the regularity of all proceedings from the valuation of the lands to the issuance of the deed, inclusive.

197.562 Grantee of tax deed entitled to immediate possession. Any person, firm, corporation, or county that is the grantee of any tax deed under this law shall be entitled to the immediate possession of the lands described in the deed. If a demand for possession is refused, the purchaser may apply to the circuit court for a writ of assistance upon 5 days' notice directed to the person refusing to deliver possession. Upon service of the responsive pleadings, if any, the matter shall proceed as in chancery cases. If the court finds for the applicant, an order shall be issued by the court directing the sheriff to put the grantee in possession of the lands.

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Counties:


County:  Auction Type:  Bidding Type:  Population: 
Hardee  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 26,938
Hendry  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 36,210
Hernando  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 130,802
Highlands  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 87,366
Hillsborough  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 998,948
Holmes  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 18,564
Indian River  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 112,947
Jackson  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 46,755
Jefferson  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 12,902
Lafayette  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 7,022
Lake  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 210,528
Lee  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 440,888
Leon  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 239,452
Levy  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 34,450
Liberty  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 7,021
Madison  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 18,733
Manatee  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 264,002
Marion  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 258,916
Martin  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 126,731
Miami-Dade  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 2,253,362
Monroe  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 79,589
Nassau  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 57,663
Okaloosa  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 170,498
Okeechobee  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 35,910
Orange  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 896,344
Osceola  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 172,493
Palm Beach  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 1,131,184
Pasco  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 344,765
Pinellas  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 921,482
Polk  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 483,924
Alachua  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 217,955
Baker  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 22,259
Bay  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 148,217
Bradford  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 26,088
Brevard  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 476,230
Broward  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 1,623,018
Calhoun  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 13,017
Charlotte  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 141,627
Citrus  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 118,085
Clay  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 140,814
Collier  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 251,377
Columbia  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 56,513
DeSoto  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 32,209
Dixie  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 13,827
Duval /City of Jacksonvil  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 778,879
Escambia  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 294,410
Flagler  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 49,832
Franklin  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 11,057
Gadsden  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 45,087
Gilchrist  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 14,437
Glades  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 10,576
Gulf  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 13,332
Hamilton  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 13,327
Putnam  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 70,423
Santa Rosa  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 117,743
Sarasota  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 325,957
Seminole  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 365,196
St. Johns  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 123,135
St. Lucie  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 192,695
Sumter  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 53,345
Suwannee  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 34,844
Taylor  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 19,256
Union  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 13,442
Volusia  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 443,343
Wakulla  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 22,863
Walton  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 40,601
Washington  Tax Lien Certificate  Bid Down 20,973

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Comments:


By panayiotis neocleous on Monday, October 06th 2008, 1:25 pm:
Can a foreinger leving outside USA.
Bid or hold a tax lien certificate?


By THOMAS HOKE on Monday, March 09th 2009, 8:37 pm:
PINELLAS COUNTY, FL


By Karen Poulos on Friday, April 10th 2009, 11:30 pm:
Can the private lender (mortgagee) bid on or hold a tax lien certificate on the property on which he holds that mortgage?


By sean araghi on Thursday, June 11th 2009, 9:22 pm:
I need to get free listing of tax lien and more info on it


By Frances Weir on Wednesday, June 17th 2009, 9:24 pm:
Where can I buy tax lein certificate over the counter.


By Matt on Thursday, October 08th 2009, 8:50 pm:
More info


By Med on Thursday, October 08th 2009, 8:51 pm:
this is a test


By Juan Trevino on Tuesday, September 14th 2010, 6:18 pm:
Could you please e-mail a list of tax lien certificates for Miami-Dade, Hillsborough, Palm Beach and Broward County? My E-mail address is juantrevino1972@yahoo.com. Thank you very much.


By Mark Petiote on Monday, September 27th 2010, 6:45 pm:
I WOULD APPRECIATE IT IF YOU COULD E-MAIL ME A FEW LIST OF TAX LIEN CERTIFICATES FOR THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES. MIAMI-DADE, PALM BEACH, BROWARD COUNTY, ORANGE COUNTY FL, AND OCOEE.

THANKS IN ADVANCE.


By MARK PETIOTE on Monday, September 27th 2010, 6:47 pm:
I'M SORRY MY E-MAIL ADDRESS IS MARKENSON7886@YAHOO.COM
I WOULD APPRECIATE IT IF YOU COULD E-MAIL ME A FEW LIST OF TAX LIEN CERTIFICATES FOR THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES. MIAMI-DADE, PALM BEACH, BROWARD COUNTY, ORANGE COUNTY FL, AND OCOEE.


By Bob Stevens on Thursday, November 18th 2010, 7:10 am:
Let's say a property owner owesseveral years back taxes and the 1st year certificate owner files for a tax deed, does that wipe out my later year tax certificate??


By BRENDA MORTON on Wednesday, January 05th 2011, 9:48 pm:
WHERE DO I BUY THESE CERTIFICATES?


By Pete Holbrook on Monday, January 17th 2011, 4:56 pm:
I am inteested in finding a list of non-sold tax liens in Florida, particulaly in Collier, Lee and in the Sarasota area.

Thanks


By Eric Torguson on Sunday, February 27th 2011, 1:32 pm:
A question:

It is not clear to me if the proceeds of the tax deed sale go the the tax lien investor.


By van on Sunday, March 20th 2011, 10:50 pm:
where can i buy tax cercifacet over thecounter for pasco &pinelas county


By Campbell Dabel on Thursday, April 07th 2011, 5:44 pm:
I WOULD APPRECIATE IT IF YOU COULD E-MAIL ME A FEW LIST OF TAX LIEN CERTIFICATES FOR THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES. MIAMI-DADE, PALM BEACH, BROWARD COUNTY and ORANGE COUNTY FL.
campbelldabel@aol.com or westindienwilly2000@yahoo.com


By John Lane on Saturday, April 23rd 2011, 5:40 pm:
I am really impressed with the explanation of Florida tax lien certificates. I would add that Florida tax sales are very competitive so be prepared to drop your bids to 0% on you first bid because you are guaranteed 5% and I would only bid on properties with a high chance of redeeming.


By Chester Green on Sunday, May 01st 2011, 1:23 pm:
Zero bids get zero! Read the fine print somewhere else.Don't go below .25%! Also be prepared to lose 25% of the liens (I did last two years). I am out of this game after three years playing. I tried and lost.




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