Clarence E. Mingo, II - Franklin County Auditor  

Auditor's Forfeited Land Sale

AUDITOR'S FORFEITED LAND SALE
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The responses to these Frequently Asked Questions are not intended to be legal advice. Legal advice from a State-licensed attorney is always encouraged.

  1. What is an Auditor's Sale?
  2. Why do we have an Auditor's Sale?
  3. When is the Auditor's Sale?
  4. How do I obtain a listing of properties available for sale?
  5. Can I pre-register as a bidder for the Auditor's Sale?
  6. What are Terms of Sale?
  7. Can I register the day of the Auditor's Sale?
  8. Can I bid online without attending the sale?
  9. Do I need documentation if I am bidding under a partnership / business or a corporation?
  10. Can I purchase properties at the Auditor's Sale if I am delinquent on real estate taxes?
  11. How do I bid on a property?
  12. What if the successful bidder does not pay the remaining balance of the bid?
  13. What is the deposit if I am the successful bidder?
  14. What is "BUYER BEWARE"?
  15. What forms of payments are accepted?
  16. When do I have to pay the remaining balance due?
  17. What happens if the successful bidder fails to pay the remaining balance?
  18. What type of deed is used to transfer title?
  19. What is an Auditor's Deed?
  20. When is the Auditor's Deed issued and how will I receive it?
  21. Are all liens removed on the property after the property is sold?
  22. Can I see the property prior to the sale?
  23. How can I redeem my property if it is on the Auditor's Sale list?

 

  1. What is an Auditor's Sale?

    An Auditor's Sale is an auction of real estate previously forfeited to the State of Ohio. The County Auditor is the selling agent for the state and is required by law to maintain a list of forfeited properties seized due to nonpayment of real estate taxes and offer these properties for sale.

  2. Why do we have an Auditor's Sale?

    The purpose of the Auditor's Sale is to sell the forfeited parcels to owners who will then pay the property tax going forward and return the properties to revenue-generating parcels for the people of Franklin County.

  3. When is the Auditor's Sale?

    The Auditor's Sale will be conducted Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 9 a.m. in the auditorium on the first floor of the Franklin County Courthouse, 373 S. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43215. At the discretion of the County Auditor, the auction may recess at 4 p.m. and reconvene at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 and continue until all parcels have been offered for sale. (Lunch break for the public: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. each day)

  4. How do I obtain a listing of properties available for sale?

    The complete list of properties being offered for sale is available on the Franklin County Auditor's website at www.franklincountyauditor.com. The list will also be published in the Daily Reporter newspaper on August 14 and August 21, 2018.

  5. Can I pre-register as a bidder for the Auditor's Sale?

    You may pre-register on our website with the NAME THAT IS TO BE TYPED ON THE DEED from Friday, July 20, 2018 through Thursday, August 23, 2018 at www.franklincountyauditor.com. However, on the day of the sale you will need to report to the clerk at the registration table to pick up your bidder number and sign the Terms of Sale.

  6. What are Terms of Sale??

    They are the rules and procedures established for the Auditor's Sale.

  7. Can I register the day of the Auditor's Sale?

    Yes. Everyone participating in the Auditor's Sale must register with the NAME THAT IS TO BE TYPED ON THE DEED with our clerk at the registration table, receive a bidder number and sign the Terms of Sale.

  8. Can I bid online without attending the sale?

    No. All bidders must be present at our Auditor's Sale to bid on the properties.

  9. Do I need documentation if I am bidding under a partnership / business or a corporation?

    Yes. The clerk will verify that the general partnership / business or other corporate entity is in good standing with the Secretary of State. If the deed is to be listed in the name of a general partnership/business or other corporate entity, you must provide proof of filing with the Secretary of State at the registration table.

  10. Can I purchase properties at the Auditor's Sale if I am delinquent on real estate taxes?

    No. According to Ohio Revised Code Section 5723.06(a)(3)(a), forfeited lands shall not be sold to any person that is delinquent on real property taxes anywhere in the state of Ohio.

  11. How do I bid on a property?

    Bids are opened for either the lesser of the fair market value set by the Auditor or the taxes due. If there is no bid for the opening amount, the auctioneer will then control the opening bid. The auctioneer will also control the increments of each bid. No independent or verbal bids will be accepted. The sale is final at the time the gavel goes down. At the time of bidding, please be sure to raise your bid number card so that it can be seen clearly.

    ***THERE IS NO LIMITATION TO THE MINIMUM BID THAT MAY BE ASSIGNED TO A PROPERTY***

  12. What if the successful bidder does not pay the remaining balance of the bid?

    A "next highest bidder" will be sought for every parcel except those secured for the Land Reutilization Program or sold for $50 or less.

  13. What is the deposit if I am the successful bidder?

    Successful bids up to $500 shall be paid in full the day of sale, including recording, transfer and deed fees. Sales over $500 will require a deposit of $500 the day of sale. ALL DEPOSITS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AND ALL SALES ARE FINAL.

  14. What is "BUYER BEWARE"?

    All parcels are sold "AS IS" and subject to Federal Tax Liens and all prior liens if any. Participants should proceed with extreme caution and it is strongly recommended to contact a real estate attorney and title company prior to the sale. Our office does not have keys or access to sale parcels.

  15. What forms of payments are accepted?

    All payments must be made by cash, certified check, cashier's check or money order (exact amount due) payable to Franklin County Auditor. Absolutely no personal checks, business checks, or trust checks will be accepted without bank certification.

  16. When do I have to pay the remaining balance due?

    Any balance of bid, recording fees, $45 deed fee and $0.50 transfer fee must be paid in person between 9 a.m. Monday, September 10, 2018 and 4 p.m. Friday, September 14, 2018. Please come to the Franklin County Auditor's Office, 373 S. High St. on the 20th floor, at the front counter.

  17. What happens if the successful bidder fails to pay the remaining balance?

    Failure to pay the remaining balance in person by 4 p.m. Friday, September 14, 2018, will result in the forfeiture of your deposit and the "next highest bidder" will be contacted.

  18. What type of deed is used to transfer title?

    The Auditor's Office will issue an Auditor's Deed. The Franklin County Auditor cannot give any warranty of title.

  19. What is an Auditor's Deed?

    An Auditor's Deed conveys title to a new owner but does not give the standard warranties like clear title.

  20. When is the Auditor's Deed issued and how will I receive it?

    Upon receipt of final payment, the Auditor's Office will issue and record an Auditor's Deed to the successful bidder which will be mailed to the address provided on the registration form. Fees will have already been collected from you (See FAQ No. 16 above).

  21. Are all liens removed on the property after the property is sold?

    No. All sales are subject to Federal Tax Liens, AND ALL PRIOR LIENS if any. For additional information on liens, please contact an attorney. The Auditor's Office cannot give legal advice.

  22. Can I see the property prior to the sale?

    The property is not available for tour or inspection prior to the sale. The complete list of properties being offered for sale is available on the Franklin County Auditor's Office website at www.franklincountyauditor.com. The buyer gets the property "AS IS" or "BUYER BEWARE".

  23. How can I redeem my property if it is on the Auditor's Sale list?

    In order to redeem the property, the delinquent real estate taxes, assessments, penalties, interest, court costs, deed fees, transfer fees, recording fees, and any other required charges / fees must be paid in full prior to the Auditor's Deed being executed.