Tax Deed Sale Information


Tax Deed properties are sent to the Office of the Clerk & Comptroller from the Tax Collector's Office as a result of property that has fallen in arrears for county taxes. Properties sold at a tax deed auction must have delinquent taxes for at least two years before becoming eligible for a Tax Deed application.
The Clerk & Comptroller receives the Tax Deed applications along with a listing of owners and interested parties that must be notified by certified mail. At the Clerk & Comptroller's request the Sheriff's Office posts a warning notice on the property and serves owners with a notice of sale.
File information for each parcel included in the sale is published in the Business Observer (941) 906-9386 for 4 consecutive weeks prior to the sale. On the sale date, the property is sold to the highest bidder and a tax deed is issued when full payment is received.
Parcels offered for sale which are not purchased at the original Tax Deed Sale are entered on the Lists of Lands which are available for purchase 90 days after the original sale date.
The Clerk & Comptroller processes all Tax Deeds in compliance with Florida Statute Chapter 197. The Clerk & Comptroller is merely performing its statutory function and makes no representation or warranties as to the status of the title of the property or any liens on the property. It is recommended that Tax Deed purchasers thoroughly research the property prior to the sale.
  • Tax Deed sales are held on Thursday and are scheduled monthly, as necessary.
  • Sales are held at the Office of the Clerk & Comptroller located at:

    Robert D. Sumner Judicial Center
    38053 Live Oak Avenue
    Second Floor Training Room
    Dade City, Florida 33523
  • Sales begin at 10:00am
  • A sale list is available by mail at the cost of .15 per page. Mail request to the above address, Attention: Tax Deed Department. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope.
  • The list may be purchased in person at the above address.




Purchasing Property off the Lists of

Lands

To purchase a piece of property off the List of Lands available for taxes
  • A request for the current purchase price must be submitted in writing to the following address:
    Paula S. O'Neil
    Clerk & Comptroller
    Robert D. Sumner Judicial Center
    38053 Live Oak Avenue
    Suite 205
    Dade City, FL 33523
    (352) 521-4355 or
    (800) 368-4274 ext. 4355

The request must contain the following information:

  • The parcel number of the property
  • The Tax Deed number assigned to the property
  • The name and address of the inquiring party

Once the Tax Deed Department receives the request, current outstanding tax amounts will be compiled and the inquiring party will be notified. This process takes approximately four (4) weeks. The requestor will be given purchase prices good through several months.

After receiving notification of the purchase price, if you wish to purchase said property you will need the following:

  • The purchase price amount payable in cash or certified funds.
  • Payment for recording fees in the amount of $18.50 and documentary stamps on the purchase price figured at $.70 per hundred dollars.


Contact the Tax Deed Department of the Office of the Clerk & Comptroller of Pasco County at (352) 521-4355 or (800) 368-4274 ext. 4355 to coordinate the transaction.

General Information for Tax Deed Sales

Files
Files for each property scheduled for tax deed sale are available for review at the Clerk & Comptroller's Office located in the Robert D. Sumner Judicial Center, 38053 Live Oak Avenue, Suite 205, Dade City, FL 33523, during normal business hours, 8:30am - 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, EXCEPT the day of the sale.
Advertisement
Each parcel is advertised four (4) consecutive weeks prior to sale in The Business Observer. For distribution information, call The Business Observer (941) 906-9386.
Payment

A non refundable deposit of 5% of the bid or $200 whichever is greater must be made, by the high bidder at the time of the sale, pursuant to Florida Statute 197.542(2). All deposits must be made via cash or certified funds. Properties for which the deposit is not immediately paid by the high bidder shall be re-offered and sold the same day, before the conclusion of the Tax Deed sale. The high bidder must produce a photo ID when making the deposit.

Full payment by the successful bidder must be made within twenty-four (24) hours of the advertised time of sale and before any redemption occurs. Successful bidders are strongly encouraged to make payment by 2:00pm on the day of the sale in order to ensure the recording of the Tax Deed on the date of sale.

No personal checks will be accepted for the payment of bids on auctioned property. Payment must be made in cash, cashier's check, bank draft or money order in US currency and made payable to the Clerk & Comptroller.

No personal checks will be accepted for the purchase of property. However, the recording fee and documentary stamps may be paid by personal check drawn on an in-state bank.
Liens

The Clerk & Comptroller is prohibited by law from providing legal advice and/or opinions concerning the real estate properties sold at auction. When conducting a Tax Deed sale, the Clerk & Comptroller is merely performing its statutory function and therefore makes no representations or warranties as to the status of the title or the status of any liens on the property. If you have any legal questions regarding the bid process, title to the property, liens affecting the property, or any other matters related to the tax deed sale, you should consult an attorney. In general, tax deed sales are governed and administered by the Clerk & Comptroller in accordance with Florida Statute 197. These statute books are available to the public for viewing at the Pasco County Law library or online at www.leg.state.fl.state.

EACH SALE IS BASED SOLELY ON THE PROPERTY DESCRIBED ON THE CURRENT TAX ROLL AND IN NO WAY INVOLVES REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES AS TO THE STATUS OF THE TITLE TO THE LAND OR ANY IMPROVEMENTS ON THE PROPERTY.

Information on Properties

No legal or real estate opinions will be given by the Office of the Clerk & Comptroller regarding the properties offered for sale. It is recommended that the properties be thoroughly researched prior to the sale. If you have any legal questions regarding title to the property, liens affecting the property or any other matters related to the tax deed sale, you should consult an attorney.
Bid Registration

Bidders must register with the Clerk & Comptroller. Registration will begin at 9:30am on the day of the tax deed sale in the Office of the Clerk & Comptroller located in the Robert D. Sumner Judicial Center, 38053 Live Oak Avenue, Second Floor Training Room, Dade City, Florida 33523.
Conduct at Sale

Those in attendance of the tax deed sale shall refrain from interrupting the sale. Use of cell phones, talking, eating or any behavior that distracts others from the sale is prohibited.
After the Sale

When the entire bid amount is presented, tax deeds will be prepared in the adjoining office.

IN ACCORDANCE WITH FLORIDA STATUTE 197.542(2) AND THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE'S RULES AND REGULATIONS 12D-13.63(8): THE CLERK & COMPTROLLER SHALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE TO RECOGNIZE THE BID OF ANY PERSON WHO HAS PREVIOUSLY BID AND REFUSED FOR WHATEVER REASON TO HONOR SUCH BID.
The Clerk & Comptroller's Office reserves the right to revise this Bidder's Information Sheet at any time as it deems appropriate..