Texas Tax Sales
IMPORTANT NEW INFORMATION REGARDING THE ELIGIBILITY OF PERSONS TO PURCHASE PROPERTY AT TEXAS TAX SALES CONDUCTED IN COUNTIES WITH A POPULATION OF 250,000 OR MORE AND IN LESS POPULATED COUNTIES THAT HAVE ADOPTED THE PROVISIONS OF SEC. 34.015, TEX. TAX CODE
In such counties, purchasers at tax sales must present to the sheriff or constable conducting the sale a written statement issued to the purchaser by the county tax assessor-collector stating that the purchaser owes no delinquent property taxes to the county and that there are no known or reported delinquent taxes owed by the purchaser to any school district or city with territory in the county. State law further prohibits the sheriff or constable in such counties from delivering a tax deed to any purchaser who fails to present to the officer the required written statement issued by the county tax assessor-collector. IN ORDER TO SECURE THE REQUIRED WRITTEN STATEMENT FROM THE COUNTY TAX ASSESSOR-COLLECTOR REGARDING YOUR DELINQUENT TAX LIABILITY IN ANY COUNTY OTHER THAN HARRIS COUNTY OR FORT BEND COUNTY, CLICK HERE. TO DOWNLOAD A PRINTABLE REQUEST FORM THAT YOU MUST COMPLETE, HAVE NOTARIZED, AND PRESENT TO THE COUNTY TAX ASSESSOR-COLLECTOR, ALONG WITH A PAYMENT OF THE STATUTORY FEE OF $10.00.
By Order of the Bexar County Commissioners Court, beginning October 2014, the tax sales and resales are being temporarily relocated from the south end of the Bexar County Courthouse to one or more rooms situated on the third floor of the structure more commonly referred to locally as the “Federal Reserve Bank Building” located at 126 East Nueva Street, San Antonio, Texas. (Order is filed for record as Document No. 20140115220 and in recorded in Volume 16782, Page 1185 of the real property records of Bexar County)
For HARRIS COUNTY tax sales, CLICK HERE for a link to the Harris County Tax Assessor’s website where you will find a request form that you may download and print.
You are urged to submit the request form to the county tax assessor-collector well in advance of the tax sale at which you intend to bid. Again, these requirements apply only in those counties with a population of 250,000 or more and in those less populated counties that have adopted the provisions of Sec. 34.015. If you are unsure as to whether these requirements apply in a certain county, you may check with the office of the county’s tax assessor-collector.
Frequently Asked Questions
When and where are your tax sales advertised?
When and where are tax sales conducted?
What if I purchase a property that is encumbered by a mortgage or other liens?
Is payment in full required on the day of the sale?
What is the bidding process?
What is the minimum bid I should expect to pay?
Does your law firm offer a financing program or any discounts?
What type of ownership document is issued at the sale?
What happens to the properties that are not sold at the auction?
How do I get a list of properties struck-off at auction and now held for resale?
How do I bid on struck off properties?
How do I find out the results of a tax sale auction, including which properties sold, to whom, and for what amount?
What if I purchase property at a tax sale, and the former owners of the property then want to redeem the property?
If I purchase property at a tax sale and later become dissatisfied with the property, may I cancel the sale and have a refund of the purchase price?
Will I be able to get title insurance on property I purchase at a tax sale?
The foregoing material is strictly for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice or services. Use of any of the foregoing information does not create an attorney-client relationship. You should not act on the information provided without seeking legal counsel of your choice. The law firm of Linebarger Blair & Sampson, LLP represents a number of taxing jurisdictions. We do not represent taxpayers, purchasers of judgment property, or any other outside interests. For further information, please contact your attorney.