Thank you for your interest in our annual tax delinquent property auction. This page will be updated in the coming months as information becomes available.
2017 Tax Delinquent Auction Information
Requirements To Bid
- Valid Government Issued Photo ID
- Social Security Number
- Cash, Credit, or Certified Check for payment of bid and buyer's premium
- Must not have delinquent property taxes
- Must not be a government official involved with the Assessment process
*Full terms will be in the Auction Brochure*
Frequently Asked Questions
How many tax foreclosures does Oswego County do per year?
Oswego County conducts two foreclosures per year: A 2-year tax delinquent foreclosure for vacant and commercial properties and a 4-year tax delinquent foreclosure for residential and agricultural properties. All properties foreclosed on by the County are sold together at one auction.
Is there a minimum bid and does the bidding start at the amount owned in back taxes?
There is no minimum bid. Parcels will sell at whatever the bid price reaches, even if that amount is less than what was owed in taxes.
Do I have to pay my entire bid on auction day?
You have the option of paying the entire bid price on auction day, or a down payment. All bids under $1,000 must be paid in full on auction day. Please refer to the auction booklet when it is avaliable for more information on the minimum amount required to meet the down payment.
Are there any extra fees on auction day that need to be paid?
On auction day you will need to pay the down payment on your bid, the buyer's premium, and administrative fee. The amount for each of those is outlined in the auction booklet.
What kind of title to the property does the County provide?
Title is transferred to the successful bidder by Tax Deed. We recommend prospective bidders perform their own due diligence to inspect the title to the property prior to auction day as any and all encumberances such as right-of-ways, easements, leases, federal/state tax liens, and reservations on the title may still be in effect even after the foreclosure process.
Once I own the property am I still responsible for the back taxes?
No, the auction process is what resolves the back due taxes, with some exceptions: Properties in a Village may be suject to owed village taxes, properties hooked up to municipal water may have currently owed water bills, and new owners will be subject to the School tax bill in the Fall.
Does the County perform any rehab work on the properties prior to the auction?
No, properties are sold as-is, where-is, and how-is.
Does the County auction property in violation of codes, or landlocked parcels?
We auction every property that is foreclosed on for taxes. In many cases properties are distressed, abandoned, or in violation of local codes. Vacant land may be land-locked. We recommend prospective bidders perform their own due diligence to inspect the property prior to auction day.