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Treasurer & Tax Collector

Dan M. Mierzwa, Treasurer & Tax Collector

915 8th. St., Suite 103, Marysville, CA 95901-5273

(530) 749-7840





Tax Sale FAQs



IMPORTANT: All tax sales (auctions) are “buyer beware” sales. It is the responsibility of the prospective bidder to do their due diligence when researching and considering the purchase of a property through tax sale. All sales are final. Refunds will not be given should a successful bidder decide after the close of the sale that they do not want the property that they successfully bid on.

When does the county hold their tax sales?
Tax sales are usually held in February and we have them approximately every two years.

Where does the Yuba County Tax Collector hold/conduct the tax sale?
Tax sales are currently conducted online through Bid4assets (www.bid4assets.com).

How do I register to bid/participate in the tax sale?
Registration is done online through the online vendor, currently Bid4assets. Visit bid4assets.com to register. Only registered bidders can participate in the auction. A (refundable) deposit is required to register.

Is a tax sale publicly advertised?
Yes. State law dictates that notice of a tax sale must be published three times in successive seven-day intervals before the tax sale date in a general circulation newspaper published in the county. The tax sale information is also publicized on our website.

Can I obtain a property subject to tax sale by paying the delinquent taxes owed on it prior to a tax sale?
No. Legal title to tax-defaulted property that is subject to the Tax Collector’s Power to Sell can be obtained only by being the successful bidder at a tax sale.

How do I find or see a property that I would like to bid on in the tax sale?
While we try to give all possible assistance in helping prospective bidders pinpoint a property location, vacant land generally has no address. Its approximate geographic location can be determined through the use of county assessor plat maps and perhaps a map book. Exact boundary lines of a property can be determined only by a survey of the property and that would be done at the purchaser’s expense. Improved properties frequently (but not always) bear a situs (street) address.

What are the acceptable types of payment for a successful bid from the tax sale?
All winning bids will be handled through the online vendor, currently Bid4Assets. The winning bidder is required to submit the full payment for the property(s) that have been successfully bid upon within 72 hours of the close of sale. Acceptable forms of payment are: cashier’s check, bank issued money order, bank issued certified funds check, or a wire transfer. Please refer to the Terms of Sale information on the Auction Information page for more detailed information.

When does the right to redeem a tax-defaulted parcel subject to the Power to Sell cease?
The right of redemption ceases on the last business day prior to the initial date of sale.

How can I determine what use I can make of a tax sale property before I purchase it?
Consult the zoning department of any city within which a property lies or the zoning section for the county department of planning and land use for a parcel in an unincorporated area (not within a city boundary). Examine the county recorder’s records for any recorded easements on a property. You can also order a title search report from a local title company.

How is the minimum price determined on a property offered at a tax sale?
At the Tax Collector’s discretion, the minimum bid may be set at an amount that is greater or lesser than the tax amount owing. State law suggests that the minimum price for a tax-defaulted parcel offered at public auction for the first time be no less than the total amount necessary to redeem the parcel plus costs.

How will the title in the deed to the purchaser be vested?
Title is vested in the name of the actual purchaser. If title is to be vested differently, a notarized letter from the individual for whom you are acting as an agent will be required, stating the manner in which title is to be vested.

How soon can I take possession of a property that I purchase at the tax sale?
You should consult an attorney. Generally, the successful bidder may take possession of a property after making payment in full and complying with any conditions set forth by the Tax Collector.

Do liens or encumbrances on a tax-defaulted property transfer to the new owner after the purchase of the property at a tax sale?
Revenue and Taxation Code Section 3712 states:
“The deed conveys title to the purchaser free of all encumbrances of any kind existing before the sale, except:
a) Any lien for installments of taxes and special assessments, which installments will become payable upon the secured roll after the time of the sale.
b) The lien for taxes or assessments or other rights of any taxing agency, which does not consent, to the sale under this chapter.
c) Liens for special assessments levied upon the property conveyed which were, at the time of the sale under this chapter, not included in the amount necessary to redeem the tax-defaulted property and, where a taxing agency which collects its own taxes has consented to the sale under this chapter, not included in the amount required to redeem from sale to the taxing agency.
d) Easements constituting servitudes upon or burdens to the property; water rights, the record title to which is held separately from the title to the property; and restrictions of record.
e) Unaccepted, recorded, irrevocable offers of dedication of the property to the public or a public entity for a public purpose, and recorded options of any taxing agency to purchase the property or any interest therein for a public purpose.
f) Unpaid assessments under the Improvement Bond Act of 1915 (Division 10 (commencing with Section 8500) of the Streets and Highways Code) which are not satisfied as a result of the sale proceeds being applied pursuant to Chapter 1.3 (commencing with Section 4671) of Part 8.
g) Any federal Internal Revenue Service liens, which, pursuant to provisions of federal law, are not discharged by the sale, even though the tax collector has provided proper, notice to the Internal Revenue Service before that date.
h) Unpaid special taxes under the Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act of 1982 (Chapter 2.5 (commencing with Section 53311) of Part 1 of Division 2 of Title 5 of the Government Code) that are not satisfied as a result of the sale proceeds being applied pursuant to Chapter 1.3 (commencing with Section 4671) of Part 8.”


Treasurer & Tax Collector • 915 8th. St., Suite 103, Marysville, CA, 95901-5273 • (530) 749-7840