After a property has become delinquent in property taxes it will be foreclosed on. It will then go to the County Sheriff for a foreclosure auction. If not purchased at the foreclosure auction, the property will be forfeited to the State of Ohio. (Note: If vacant, a property can be foreclosed and forfeited at the same time, eliminating the Sheriff’s auction). The Auditor is the agent for the State of Ohio and conducts auctions for all forfeited lands in the county.
At the auction, opening bids start at the total amount of all unpaid taxes, assessments, charges, penalties, interest and costs. If there are no bids, parcels will immediately be auctioned again for the best price obtainable, plus fees. Unsold parcels will be re-offered at a future forfeited land sale.
Winning bidders will be issued an Auditor’s Deed, which removes all other liens, except for federal liens, but removes mortgages, “mechanics” liens, and taxes. The Auditor’s Deed is considered “perfect” in Ohio law.
No person delinquent on property taxes in Ohio may purchase a property. The owner of record or their immediate family cannot purchase the property for a price lower than the opening bid of the sale.
All sales come with cautionary “As-Is” and “Buyer Beware” labels. Properties are unavailable for tour or inspection before sale. The Auditor gives no warranty or guarantee on any property. This is significant! Many properties sold at the forfeiture auction had buildings in the past but are now vacant.
Our office cannot give legal advice. Prospective buyers should consult with an attorney if they have any questions about evictions, liens or any additional costs.
If any forfeited real property is sold for more than the delinquent taxes and costs to foreclose and forfeit the property, the excess money will be held for the proper owner. Claims must be in writing.
The following are monies currently being held:
None at this time