A tax deed sale is a public auction where property is sold to the highest bidder to recover delinquent property taxes.
The Clerk's Office conducts the sale via public auction on the internet in accordance with Florida Statute 197.542.
Tax deed sales are held online at www.lake.realtaxdeed.com.
Tax Deed Sales are generally held several times per month on Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m. Check the online auction website, www.lake.realtaxdeed.com, for specific dates and times.
Yes. Tax deed sales are advertised in The North Lake Outpost.
Yes. In order to participate in the sale, bidders must register at www.lake.realtaxdeed.com to get a username and password and place a valid deposit in U.S. Dollars with the Clerk’s Office. Bidders must be registered on the site the day prior to the sale. Deposits are required 1 – 4 business days prior to the sale depending on the method of payment. See below for additional deposit information.
Yes. A deposit of $200 or 5% of the winning bid, whichever is greater, is required for each item you anticipate winning at the sale. Deposits may be made via ACH, wire transfer, cash, cashier’s check or U.S. Postal money order. ACH payments must be initiated via the ACH (electronic check) payment wizard at www.lake.realtaxdeed.com at least four business days prior to the auction. Cash, cashier’s checks and U.S. Postal money orders must be delivered to the Clerk’s Office no later than 4:00PM the day prior to the sale. All payments must be in U.S. Dollars.
Be advised that wire transfer deposits must be received by the Clerk’s Finance Department no later than 4:00PM the day prior to the sale. In addition, any wire transfer fees for the receiving bank must be paid for at the time of the wire transfer by the bidder.
Additional information can be found on our website by clicking "Tax Deeds" under Record Searches on this web site's main menu. Once you have read and agreed to the disclaimer, you will be directed to a Tax Deed search screen where you may select various search criteria. After receiving your search results, click the certificate number to see additional information as well as view various documents pertaining to the certificate. Public Access terminals are also available in the Tax Deed Section at the Lake County Courthouse.
An ownership and encumbrance report for each certificate is found in the tax deed file on our website. However, the Clerk's Office is not responsible for any discrepancies or omissions on this report and it is the responsibility of the buyer to research the property that he/she is interested in purchasing. Tax Deeds are sold AS IS on a BUYER BEWARE basis. Properties may be subject to additional taxes and/or liens.
If you are the successful bidder for property at a tax deed sale, full payment must be received by the Clerk's Office within 24 hours after the time of sale. Accepted forms of payment are cash, cashier’s check, U.S. Postal money order, payment from deposit balance and wire transfer.
If full payment is not made within 24 hours after the time of the sale, your deposit will be forfeited. Additionally, if you are the high bidder and refuse to honor your bid for any reason, you may be barred from participating in Lake County’s tax deed sales.
Any information regarding the sale of tax certificates must be obtained from the Lake County Tax Collector's Office whose contact number is (352) 343-9622 or visit the Tax Collector's Office at 320 W. Main St., Tavares.
To redeem a tax deed property means that all current and delinquent taxes are paid to the Tax Collector's Office and the property will no longer be going to sale.
The status of properties scheduled for sale will be updated periodically on the online auction site, www.lake.realtaxdeed.com. Every effort is made to keep this information current. However, to check for last minute redemptions, you may contact a Tax Deed Clerk at (352) 253-2620 or 2621.
If a property goes up for bid at a tax deed sale and is not purchased, then the applicant holding the tax certificate is required to take the property. If the applicant is Lake County, then the land will go onto the Lands Available List. Land is available for purchase from the Lands Available List after it has been listed for 90 days. The purchase price is the opening bid plus any taxes and interest that has accrued on the property since it was placed on the list.
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