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 tax-deed applications along with a listing of owners and interested parties who must be notified by certified mail. Per Florida Statute 197.522(2)(a), the Clerk & Comptroller's Office is required to send service to the Sheriff's Office of the county in which the legal titleholder resides to notify him/her of the pending tax-deed sale. At the Clerk & Comptroller's request, the Sheriff's Office will post a warning notice on the property and serve owners with a notice of sale.
File information for each parcel included in the sale is published in the Business Observer (distribution information: (941) 906-9386) for four 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 not purchased at the original tax deed sale are entered on the Lists of Lands, which become available for purchase 91 days after the original sale date.
The Clerk & Comptroller processes all tax deeds in compliance with Chapter 197, Florida Statues. The Clerk & Comptroller merely is 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. Tax-deed purchasers should thoroughly research the property prior to the sale.
Files for each property scheduled for tax-deed sale are available for review at the Clerk & Comptroller's Office:
East Pasco Government Center
14236 Sixth Street, Suite 201
Dade City, FL 33523-3414
Files may be accessed during normal business hours, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except the day of the sale.
Information on Properties
No legal or real estate opinions will be provided by the Office of the Clerk & Comptroller regarding the properties offered for sale. It is recommended 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.
Sales Location & Time
Tax-deed sales are held Thursdays and are scheduled monthly, as necessary.
After the Sale
When the sale has been completed and the full payment has been deposited, the Clerk & Comptroller's Office shall issue a tax deed as designated by the buyer via the Realauction web site.
IN ACCORDANCE WITH CHAPTER 197.542(2), FLORIDA STATUTES, 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.