Tax Lien Certificates and Tax Deed Sales in New York NY

There are 62 Counties in New York. It became the 11th state on July 26, 1788. The state motto is "Excelsior".

Currently, New York does not offer tax lien certificates, it is a tax deed state. However New York City sells tax lien certificates as does Nassau County. The interest rate is 10% every 6 months and 20% per annum with a two year right of redemption.

Summary: Twenty-one months after lien date, or as soon thereafter as is practicable, the enforcing officer shall execute a petition of foreclosure pertaining to those properties which remain subject to delinquent tax liens (Sec. 1120, Sec. 1123). In the event of a failure to redeem or answer by any person having the right to redeem or answer, such person shall forever be barred and foreclosed of all right, title, and interest and equity of redemption in and to the parcel in which the person has an interest and a judgment in foreclosure may be taken by default as provided by subdivision three of section eleven hundred thirty-six of this title. (Sec. 1123, Sec. 1131, Sec. 1136). Whenever any tax district shall become vested with the title to real property by virtue of a foreclosure proceeding brought pursuant to the provisions of this article, such tax district is hereby authorized to sell and convey the real property so acquired, either with or without advertising for bids, notwithstanding the provisions of any general, special or local law. (Sec. 1166).

Law: New York Real Property Tax Law, Chapter 50-a, Article 11, "Uniform Delinquent Tax Enforcement Act."

Tax Sale List: Use New York Tax Sale Lists to search for New York tax lien certificates to buy or bid on. Generally most New York 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: Local treasurer or the enforcing officer of each tax district (Sec. 1102, Sec. 1122)

Interest Rate: Tax Lien Certificate 10% - 20%

Auction Type: Tax Deed and Tax Lien Certificates. Whenever any tax district shall become vested with the title to real property by virtue of a foreclosure proceeding brought pursuant to the provisions of this article, such tax district is hereby authorized to sell and convey the real property so acquired, either with or without advertising for bids, (Sec. 1166). These types of sales require approval and confirmation by the district's governing body, except when the property is sold at public auction to the highest bidder.

Bidding Procedure: Not specified.

Costs: Not specified.

Redemption Period: The redemption period shall expire two years after lien date (Sec. 1110). A tax district may adopt a local law without referendum increasing the redemption period for residential or farm property, or both, to three or four years after lien date (Sec. 1111). As early as 6 months in New York City.

Deed assigned at Foreclosure to: The Local Taxing district (Sec. 1131, Sec. 1136).

Notes: For information on New York City's Tax Lien Sale Visit the Following link:



County:  Auction Type:  Bidding Type:  Population: 
Albany  Tax Deed  Bid up 294,565
Allegany  Tax Deed  Bid up 49,927
Broome  Tax Deed  Bid up 200,536
Cattaraugus  Tax Deed  Bid up 83,955
Cayuga  Tax Deed  Bid up 81,963
Chautauqua  Tax Deed  Bid up 139,750
Chemung  Tax Deed  Bid up 91,070
Chenango  Tax Deed  Bid up 51,401
Clinton  Tax Deed  Bid up 79,894
Columbia  Tax Deed  Bid up 63,094
Cortland  Tax Deed  Bid up 48,599
Delaware  Tax Deed  Bid up 48,055
Dutchess  Tax Deed  Bid up 280,150
Erie  Tax Deed  Bid up 950,265
Essex  Tax Deed  Bid up 38,851
Franklin  Tax Deed  Bid up 51,134
Fulton  Tax Deed  Bid up 55,073
Genesee  Tax Deed  Bid up 60,370
Greene  Tax Deed  Bid up 48,195
Hamilton  Tax Deed  Bid up 5,379
Herkimer  Tax Deed  Bid up 64,427
Jefferson  Tax Deed  Bid up 111,738
Lewis  Tax Deed  Bid up 26,944
Livingston  Tax Deed  Bid up 64,328
Madison  Tax Deed  Bid up 69,441
Monroe  Tax Deed  Bid up 735,343
Montgomery  Tax Deed  Bid up 49,708
Nassau  Tax Deed  Bid up 1,334,544
New York City  Tax Deed  Bid up 8,008,278
Niagara  Tax Deed  Bid up 219,846
Oneida  Tax Deed  Bid up 235,469
Onondaga  Tax Deed  Bid up 458,336
Ontario  Tax Deed  Bid up 100,224
Orange  Tax Deed  Bid up 341,367
Orleans  Tax Deed  Bid up 44,171
Oswego  Tax Deed  Bid up 122,377
Otsego  Tax Deed  Bid up 61,676
Putnam  Tax Deed  Bid up 95,745
Rensselaer  Tax Deed  Bid up 152,538
Rockland  Tax Deed  Bid up 286,753
Saratoga  Tax Deed  Bid up 200,635
Schenectady  Tax Deed  Bid up 146,555
Schoharie  Tax Deed  Bid up 31,582
Schuyler  Tax Deed  Bid up 19,224
Seneca  Tax Deed  Bid up 33,342
St. Lawrence  Tax Deed  Bid up 111,931
Steuben  Tax Deed  Bid up 98,726
Suffolk  Tax Deed  Bid up 1,419,369
Sullivan  Tax Deed  Bid up 73,966
Tioga  Tax Deed  Bid up 51,784
Tompkins  Tax Deed  Bid up 96,501
Ulster  Tax Deed  Bid up 177,749
Warren  Tax Deed  Bid up 63,303
Washington  Tax Deed  Bid up 61,042
Wayne  Tax Deed  Bid up 93,765
Westchester  Tax Deed  Bid up 923,459
Wyoming  Tax Deed  Bid up 43,424
Yates  Tax Deed  Bid up 24,621

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By Nzingha Moses on Monday, January 12th 2009, 8:47 pm:
Nassau county has tax lien sale once a year in February. It is a bid down auction where the interest rate starts at 10% and goes down by 25% increments until an investor accepts the lowest rate.

Suffolk county does tax deed sales once a year in October.

New York City does not sale tax liens or tax deeds to the public on to large companies like Mooring Properties and Xspand.

By Brian on Friday, January 16th 2009, 4:10 pm:
Nzingha, who told you this information? Do you know where and when Nassau does there sales, aand likewise Suffolk?

By Josue Nieves on Monday, February 09th 2009, 1:38 pm:
I can help you find tax sale auctions in your area for a nominal fee.

By Anonymous on Sunday, March 01st 2009, 8:36 am:
Property Lien and taxes if any At 33 champion,s.t

I like to buy the Property but i like to know how mouch Property Lien are on the property Thank you Randy

By Charlene on Wednesday, March 04th 2009, 2:14 pm:
Is it true public cannot buy tax deeds in NYC
please email me

By George on Tuesday, December 01st 2009, 12:23 pm:
Will a Tax Deed title be good enough for a Bank to grant a mortgage?

By Nzingha on Saturday, January 09th 2010, 3:38 pm:
I am so sorry about my tardy replies, I did not know when I posted my comment that I would get reponses. Brian, I know this because I have went to Nassau where they conduct tax liens and even purchased the tax lien list. I have copied and pasted Nassau upcoming Tax Sale: Annual Tax Lien Sale
This auction will be held beginning Tuesday, February 16, 2010, and will run through Friday, February 19, 2010. It will be held at the Legislative Chamber, First Floor, Theodore Roosevelt Executive And Legislative Building, 1550 Franklin Avenue, Mineola, N.Y., and will begin promptly at 9:00am for daily regisrations. Pre-auction registration information is available on this site or by calling the Tax Sale Department at 516-571-5023. Any prospective bidder wishing to purchase a listing of Liens to be sold can purchase said list for $150. All checks should be made payable to the Nassau County Treasurer and mailed to the attention of Mari Lomino at Nassau County Treasurer 240 Old Country Road, Mineola, N.Y. 11501. The listing will be made available approximately six (6) weeks prior to the scheduled. As for Suffolk County call and ask for information on the next tax deed sale (631) 852-1400. Charlene, yes it is true, I am not sure why NYC chooses to sale the tax liens to only two companies, but they do. You can verify this information by call the NYC dept of finance. George I am not sure but I think you will get a quit claim deed. I am sure you can get an attorney to help you exchange the tax deed or the quit claim deed for a warranty deed, which will work in your benefit when you want to sale the property.

By James on Thursday, April 29th 2010, 11:44 am:
How to Appy for a first-priority lien when aproperty is upside down and owner is going to walk away!

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