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