Tax Deed Sales
The Clerk & Comptroller cannot assist in researching properties, nor can we give legal advice. The Clerk sells property pursuant to Florida Statute 197 and cannot guarantee a clear title. It is the responsibility of the purchaser to research the property prior to the sale date.
Customers may search online to find easily accessible information on tax deed sales:
- Access tax deed files at any time from the convenience of your home or office
- Remain current with any status updates for each tax deed file
- Print copies of the tax deed file from your own computer
Tax deed sales are advertised in the Palm Beach Daily Business Review.
- Register to Bid: To be eligible to bid at an auction, you must register online prior to the auction at mypalmbeachclerk.clerkauction.com and satisfy the advance deposit requirements. You must register for yourself and any and all corporations, non-profits, partnerships, businesses, etc. that you may represent as a bidder. The Clerk reserves the right to require proof of bidder’s name and/or affiliation. There is no fee for registration. You do not need to register solely to view an auction.
- Bidding: Bidding is done in increments of $100 over the opening bid.
- Deposit: You must advance funds equal to the greater of 5% of your intended maximum bid or $200 prior to bidding. The deposit will be applied towards your final payment should you be the successful bidder. Advance deposits may be made online through the electronic auction website via ACH transfer at least three (3) full business days before the auction you intend to participate in. In addition, the deposit may be paid by cash, official bank check or cashier’s check presented to the Tax Deeds department by the close of business the day before the sale you intend to bid in. Personal checks will not be accepted.
- Final Payment: Final payment must be received by the Clerk by 2 p.m. the next business day after the sale and may be made by cash, official bank check, cashier's check or wire transfer. Such wire transfer must be received by the Clerk’s bank by 2 p.m. the next business day after the sale. Final payment may not be made by ACH/electronic check. Personal checks will not be accepted.
- Forfeits: If payment in full is not made by 2 p.m. the next business day following the sale, the deposit will be forfeited and the property will be re-auctioned within 30 days. The Clerk & Comptroller’s office shall have the right to refuse the bid of forfeited bidders and their assignees.
- Issuance: A tax deed will not be issued until full payment is received. Property can be redeemed prior to tax deed issuance (defined as: when tax deed is completed with all signatures and seals).
- Title: Tax deeds are generally not a marketable title.
- Excess Proceeds: Excess proceeds of a tax deed sale shall be distributed by the Clerk pursuant to statute. Claims should be filed within 90 days of the sale with the Tax Deeds department.
For additional information on how to use the online auction software, please review the recorded demos at mypalmbeachclerk.clerkauction.com.
Tax Deeds are governed by Florida Statutes Chapter 197.