Tax Lien Certificates and Tax Deed Sales in Pennsylvania PA

There are 67 Counties in Ohio. It became the 2nd state on December 12, 1787. The state motto is "Virtue, Liberty, and Independence".

Currently, Pennsylvania does not offer tax lien certificates instead it offers Pennsylvania tax deeds.

Summary: In accordance with the Tax Sale law, the municipal Tax Claim Bureau is able to sell parcels in one of four ways (Article VI. Sale of Property.); (a) Upset Sale (Sec 601 - 609), (b) Judicial Sale (Sec 610 - 612.2), (c) Private Sale (Sec 613 - 615), and (f) Repository for Unsold Property (Sec 625 - 630).

The Upset Sale is scheduled each September and includes those parcels whose taxes, from two years earlier, remain unpaid or other specified conditions exist.

A Private Sale can occur after a property has been exposed but not sold at an Upset Sale. An interested buyer submits a written bid to the Tax Claim Bureau. The Bureau decides whether to accept the bid. If accepted, the bid is advertised in a newspaper. Any one objecting to the sale must petition the court within 45 days to disprove the sale.

A Judicial Sale is held at least once each year and can include only those properties that have been exposed but not sold at an Upset Sale. After advertisement, notice to owners and lien holders, etc., the parcels are presented free and clear of all liens.

A Repository Sale consists of properties that are exposed but not sold at a Judicial Sale. Any bid on a repository property must be approved by all taxing districts where the property is located (i.e. township borough, county, school).

Special sales and redemption provisions apply in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Scranton and in Allegheny County.

Law: Pennsylvania "Real Estate Tax Sale Law" Act 542 of 1947, P.L. 1368; 72 P.S. 5860.101

Tax Sale List: Use Pennsylvania Tax Sale Lists to search for Pennsylvania tax lien certificates to buy or bid on. Generally most Pennsylvania 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 Claim Bureau (Sec. 5860.601 ).

Interest Rate: N/A (Sec. 5860.607).

Auction Type: Tax Deeds (Sec. 5860.608).

Bidding Procedure: Bidders raise bid above upset sales price (Sec. 5860.605).

Costs: Costs collectible as part of the upset sales price include the cost of publishing, mailing, and posting notices (Sec. 5860.605). The tax sale purchaser must pay the cost of recording the deed (Sec. 5860.608).

Redemption Period: There is no right to redeem property sold at a tax sale in most counties (Sec. 5860.607). However, special sales and redemption rules apply in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Scranton and in Allegheny County.

Deed assigned at Foreclosure to: Tax sale purchaser (Sec. 5860.608). After the court has confirmed the sale and the purchaser has paid the amount of his bid, it shall be the duty of the bureau to make to the said purchaser, his or their heirs or assigns a deed in fee simple for the property sold. Each such deed shall be in the name of the bureau as trustee grantor and shall be executed and duly acknowledged before the prothonotary by the director and a notation of such deed and acknowledgement shall be duly entered on the proper records. The deed shall, before delivery, be recorded in the office for the recording of deeds at the cost of the purchaser (Section 608).




County:  Auction Type:  Bidding Type:  Population: 
Adams  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 91,292
Allegheny  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 1,281,666
Armstrong  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 72,392
Beaver  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 181,412
Bedford  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 49,984
Berks  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 373,638
Blair  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 129,144
Bradford  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 62,761
Bucks  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 597,635
Butler  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 174,083
Cambria  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 152,598
Cameron  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 5,974
Carbon  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 58,802
Centre  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 135,758
Chester  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 433,501
Clarion  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 41,765
Clearfield  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 83,382
Clinton  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 37,914
Columbia  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 64,151
Crawford  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 90,366
Cumberland  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 213,674
Dauphin  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 251,798
Delaware  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 550,864
Elk  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 35,112
Erie  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 280,843
Fayette  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 148,644
Forest  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 4,946
Franklin  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 129,313
Fulton  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 14,261
Greene  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 40,672
Huntingdon  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 45,586
Indiana  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 89,605
Jefferson  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 45,932
Juniata  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 22,821
Lackawanna  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 213,295
Lancaster  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 470,658
Lawrence  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 94,643
Lebanon  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 120,327
Lehigh  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 312,090
Luzerne  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 319,250
Lycoming  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 120,044
McKean  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 45,936
Mercer  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 120,293
Mifflin  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 46,486
Monroe  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 138,687
Montgomery  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 750,097
Montour  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 18,236
Northampton  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 267,066
Northumberland  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 94,556
Perry  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 43,602
Philadelphia  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 1,517,550
Pike  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 46,302
Potter  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 18,080
Schuylkill  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 150,336
Snyder  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 37,546
Somerset  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 80,023
Sullivan  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 6,556
Susquehanna  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 42,238
Tioga  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 41,373
Union  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 41,624
Venango  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 57,565
Warren  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 43,863
Washington  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 202,897
Wayne  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 47,722
Westmoreland  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 369,993
Wyoming  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 28,080
York  Tax Deed  Premium Bid 381,751

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By Julie Herbert on Monday, April 13th 2009, 7:48 am:
Thank you for your help in knowing the many counties and their population. This may help find which counties will have the most repository sales. Thanks again. JH

By Doug, on Friday, June 12th 2009, 7:34 am:
Why should someone have to pay a weekly fee to obtain public tax sale information? Is there a posting or list somewhere other than the news papers to obtain this public information for free?
County court house maybe?
Thnak you,

By Paul Rudy on Friday, July 10th 2009, 8:32 pm:
You can pick up a news paper to see tax sales etc. This information should not cost a cent.

By Debbie on Monday, September 07th 2009, 10:50 am:
your link to the "Real Eastate Tax Sale Law" is not working? Also if I receive a Tax Deed why would I need a Quit Claim Deed as well?

By giles farmer on Friday, March 11th 2011, 1:31 pm:
so all i need to do is lien the property first, with a mortgage, and that eliminates the efficacy of the upset sale; i can just foreclose on the new tax-deed. and to defeat the spring sale, file for chap 13 bankruptcy, never pay the case fee, and let the matter expire without an order. repeat yearly.

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