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Tax Sale

Registration for the 2020 Tax Sale has ended.

Baltimore County properties with unpaid real property taxes, accrued interest or penalties may be auctioned at the County's annual tax sale. The notice of advertisement will be published once per week for four successive weeks prior to tax sale. The advertisements are updated weekly. Baltimore County advertises in the Jeffersonian newspaper.

How It Works

Review all web pages in the Tax Sale section before registering.

Real property tax bills are issued on July 1 each year. Failure to pay in full or, if eligible, failure to make the first semiannual payment by September 30, will result in the account being considered delinquent. Interest will accrue until the taxes are paid in full. Unpaid balances due past December 31 are subject to accrued interest, penalties and tax sale.

A Final Tax Sale Notice is mailed, allowing the property owner 30 days to pay the property taxes and accrued interest and penalties. If the owner fails to respond to this notice, the property may be sold at the annual tax sale.

Baltimore County will post properties to be sold at the time of advertising. If a property is sold for taxes, the owner has six months from the date of the sale to redeem the property or a foreclosure action for nonpayment of taxes can be filed in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County.

Penalties and Liens

There are tax sale penalties in addition to the monthly interest charged on delinquent accounts. Fees are assessed per account—a postage and handling fee of $25, $50 advertising fee and a $15 legal fee.

An itemized cash receipt showing for each lien purchased: the sale amount, the total bid, the bid premium and the amount paid. The certificate of tax sale is mailed six months after sale if owner has not redeemed their property. Liens that are not sold at auction become the property of Baltimore County.

Final Auction Results

The following documents are in either PDF (.pdf) or Excel spreadsheet (.xls) format.

2020 Tax Sale Auction Results

  • PDF—Winning Detailed Report
  • Excel—Winning Bidders Summary
  • PDF—Winning Bidders

2019 Tax Sale Auction Results

  • PDF—Full Auction Results
  • Excel—Auction Summary
  • PDF—Bidder List

2018 Tax Sale Auction Results

  • PDF—Full Auction Results
  • Excel—Auction Summary
  • PDF—Bidder List

2017 Tax Sale Auction Results

  • PDF—Full Auction Results
  • Excel—Auction Summary
  • PDF—Bidder List

2016 Tax Sale Auction Results

  • PDF—Full Auction Results
  • Excel—Auction Summary
  • PDF—Bidder List

Tax Sale Surplus and Excess Funds

Tax sale surplus and excess funds information is provided as a convenience. If you are a third-party providing a service in an attempt to obtain these funds, all claims must be filed through the Circuit Court for Baltimore County for adjudication. The County will not disperse funds to any third party without a signed Order of Court. Do not contact the County for claim filing information or an explanation of the data provided. It is your responsibility to do your own due diligence and seek any necessary legal counsel before proceeding with initiating any claims for surplus or excess funds.

Tax Sale Surplus

The following documents are in PDF format and open in a new window

More Information

To learn more about the tax sale call 410-887-5616.

Revised March 3, 2021         


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