In State Info by TSL Admin

Primary Sale Type: Tax Deed
Secondary Type(s): NA
Sale Date(s): Varies: set by taxing jurisdiction
Bid Type: Premium Bidding
Rate of Return: NA
Redemption Period: NA
Over-the-Counter: NA
Statute Section(s): CA Revenue and taxation Code - Div 1, Part 6,7,7.5
State Website:

State Overview:

There are 58 counties in the state of California.

County Directory

The two most populous areas in California are Los Angeles (9,818,000+) and San Diego (3,095,000+) County.

Search Demographics:

California is a Tax Deed state and does not offer any Tax Lien Certificates or OTC sales. The tax collector may choose to sell a property, either at public auction or online, once taxes are in default to the state for 5 years or more. If a property does not sell when offered, the homeowner has the right to redeem up until the night before the next scheduled sale. Sale dates and auction procedures are set by the tax collectors of the individual counties.

Auction Process / Redemption:

Tax sales are held either online or at public oral auctions, depending on the county. Investors will need to register prior to the auction. Most counties require at least 2 weeks or more and a deposit amount prior to the date of the auction.Properties are subject to a minimum price requirement which is determined by the county prior to the sale. Parcels are won through the 'Premium Bid' system, but may also be subject to 'Sealed Bid' methods with regard to sales held online. There is no redemption period or interest rate applicable as California is a Tax Deed state.

Because of California code (CA GC6254.21), property owner names are usually not disclosed over the phone or on the internet.

State Resources:

Resource Description Instructions and Additional Information
California State Controller's Office. A list is provided with all the scheduled tax sales for California counties. If a specifc county you're interested in is not listed, they probably don't have an auciton coming up. Contact the county to be sure.
California Association of County Treasurers and Tax Collectors Contact information and websites for all 58 tax collectors in California. NA
California State Association of Counties Website links for all 58 California counties. NA
Coordinated Legal Technologies This site provides links for all known GIS sites and/or mapping tools in the counties of California. NA