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Tax Deed Sales are the sale of property to the highest bidder at a public auction. Properties are sold to recover delinquent property taxes. A tax deed sale occurs when the owner of a Tax Certificate applies for a tax deed application after holding the tax certificate at least twenty-two [22] months from the date of delinquency. The tax deed application is filed with the County Tax Collector who then forwards the application to the Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller. A deputy clerk then conducts the sale or public auction in accordance with Florida Statutes. If you have any questions please call Leon County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller Tax Deeds Staff at 850-606-4020 or


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Tax Deed Sale Procedures

Before the Auction:

The Tax Deed Office of the Clerk of Court and Comptroller notifies property owners that their property identified on the Tax Certificate will be sold at public auction if they do not pay the delinquent property taxes, interest and other costs related to the sale. The Clerk's Office is required to notify property owners and any party holding a recorded lien on the property in three ways.

  1. All owners and lien holders receive notice of the sale via certified mail.
  2. The Clerk is required by Florida Statute to advertise each sale once a week for four consecutive weeks prior to the public auction.
  3. The Sheriff's Office serves the owner, or if the owner is not found, posts a warning notice of sale on the property at least 20 days to prior to the auction.
At the Auction:
  • The opening (minimum) bid is posted.
  • The property is sold to the highest bidder and upon payment of the amount bid and all fees a tax deed is recorded and the property is transferred to the bidder.
  • All liens against the property (including mortgages) with the exception of any government liens are wiped out by the sale.
  • If no bids are received that are higher than the opening bid the property is struck from the auction and offered to the tax certificate holder.
  • If the tax certificate holder chooses not to take title to the property and pays the cost of resale, the property will be re-auctioned
  • If there are no bidders higher than the opening bid on the second sale and the tax certificate holder does not wish to take title or pay the cost of resale, the property is placed on a list of lands available for sale.
  • If unsold after 3 years, the property escheats to the County.

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YOU MUST DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH FOR THE PROPERTY INVOLVED.THIS IS A BUYER BEWARE SALE. DO NOT attempt to purchase property at the auction unless a thorough investigation has been made as to the exact location, desirability and usefulness of the property. Parcels are sold on an as is basis, and the Clerk makes no representation or warranty, real or implied, as to the property’s condition or suitability for any use. The Clerk in no way assumes any responsibility, implied or otherwise, that the properties are in compliance with zoning ordinances, or conform to building codes and permits, or are free from latent or patent defects. An investigation may reveal that the property is in a street or alley, in a flood plain, landlocked, contaminated with toxic waste, dedicated to public use for street or other purposes; or improvements which may be shown on the tax sale list no longer exist at the time of auction, or a lien may have been or will be placed on the property after the date of the encumbrance report.

The Clerk's Office assumes no responsibility for any encumbrances (judgments, mortgages and other liens) on any property offered for sale. It is in your best interest to have a Title search done by an attorney or Title Company. However, you are urged to search the Official Records. Although there is an encumbrance report in the tax deed records this report may not be relied upon as a title search and additional activity may occur between the date of the report and the date of the sale. The Clerk’s office assumes no responsibility for any inaccuracy contained in the tax deed files, or posted to the website for upcoming sales or lands available lists.

It is possible you will have to take legal action to get possession of the property. Until possession is granted by the Court, you may not have access to the property without permission of the prior owner. The Clerk’s Office assumes no responsibility for the availability of any property offered for sale.

The purchaser of the property will be issued a Tax Deed as soon after the sale as possible. The property owner has the right to redeem tax certificates on property at any time before a tax deed is executed and delivered to the highest bidder at a tax deed sale. If the property is redeemed before the Tax Deed is issued and recorded, the successful bidder will be refunded any money that has been paid.

Governmental liens and judgments survive the issuance of the tax deed and are satisfied to the fullest extent possible with any overbid monies from the sale. Liens of governmental units not satisfied in full survive the issuance of the tax deed. One example of a lien which will survive a tax deed sale is any lien for installments of taxes and special assessments, which installments will become payable upon the secured roll after the time of the sale. Should you have any questions concerning what liens and judgments survive the tax deed sale, consult an attorney. A Tax Deed does not provide clear title to the property. The successful bidder will have to make arrangements with the previous owner, or open a Quiet Title suit to acquire clear title. Please consult an attorney if for more information regarding the Quiet Title process. Leon County Clerk of the Courts DOES NOT WARRANT TITLE CONVEYED BY TAX DEED.

When considering tax deed properties, please be advised that ALL PROPERTIES ARE SOLD BUYER BEWARE. All potential bidders are responsible to know what they are bidding on prior to the Tax Deed sale, and they are encouraged to utilize all county offices to do their research. The Clerk's office is only responsible for scheduling and conducting the sales. All persons bidding on Tax Deeds are strongly urged to read Chapter 197 of the Florida Statutes and Chapter 12D-13 of the Florida Administrative Code. If you have questions about your legal rights regarding applying for a Tax Deed, Tax Deed sales, or land title resulting from the issuance of any Tax Deed, you are urged to consult with an attorney.

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