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Tax Deed Sales

Tax Deed Sales - (561) 355-2962

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.

Tax Deed Sales Are Now Conducted Online


Tax deed sales are conducted online on designated Wednesdays starting at 9:30 a.m. Bidding begins at 8:00 a.m. No sales are conducted on legal holidays. Check the online auction calendar for the exact dates of upcoming sales.

General Information



General Information

What is a tax deed sale?

A tax deed sale is the auction of property on which tax certificates have been sold by the Tax Collector’s Office for delinquent real estate taxes. Tax deed sales are governed by Florida Statutes Chapter 197.

Where can I find general information about tax deed sales?

Online at Tax Deed Sale Information or mypalmbeachclerk.clerkauction.com.

Where can I find out about properties scheduled for tax deed sale?

When and where are tax deed sales conducted?

What are other useful links to find information about tax deeds?

Where can I obtain more information about how to bid in the online auction?

There is a demo on the online auction site, mypalmbeachclerk.clerkauction.com, that provides guidance on how to register and bid.

What equipment or software do I need to participate in an online auction?

A bidder must have Internet access and a web browser. Recommended browsers include Internet Explorer version 7.0 or later, Mozilla Firefox version 3.0 or later and Google Chrome version 17 or later. The Clerk Auction site will not support Internet Explorer 6.0 and older Internet Explorer browsers.


What is the required deposit at the time of the sale?

Bidders must deposit funds equal to the greater of 5% of their maximum intended bid or $200 prior to bidding. Advance deposits may be made online through the electronic auction website via ACH transfer at least three (3) full business days before the auction they intend to participate in.  In addition, the deposit may be paid by cash, official bank check or cashier’s check by the close of business on the day before the sale.  Personal checks will not be accepted.

When is the full payment due?

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. The Clerk cannot accept payment for multiple properties on one check.


What is a tax deed redemption?

Redemption is the satisfaction of delinquent taxes prior to the issuance of a tax deed. Property cannot be redeemed once the Clerk has received full payment for the tax deed.

Where do I go for redemption PRIOR to the date of sale?

Tax Collector’s Office 
301 North Olive Avenue, 3rd Floor
West Palm Beach, Florida

Where do I go for redemption ON THE DATE of the tax deed sale?

Full payment should be made at the Clerk & Comptroller’s office located in the Main Courthouse at 205 N. Dixie Highway, Room 3.23.

What form of payment is required for redemption?

  • Cash
  • Cashier’s check from a U.S. banking institution

NOTE: Checks must be payable to the Tax Collector

The following forms of payment are NOT accepted:

  • Personal check
  • Credit card
  • Third party cashier’s check

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