Tax Forfeited Land
Tax forfeited parcels are properties on which real estate taxes were not paid and title to the property was forfeited and is now vested in the State of Minnesota. Washington County is charged with managing the properties while in trust for the State. During the statutory review period, a list of newly forfeited properties is submitted to the various governmental entities for review and possible acquisition. If the properties are released by the entities, the properties may be available for sale by public auction or private sale.
We highly recommend that you thoroughly research any tax-forfeited parcels before purchasing. Most liens and mortgages, except Federal and State tax liens, are canceled at the time of forfeiture, and it is the responsibility of the purchaser to verify this information. For specific legal issues you may wish to consult an attorney.
To be notified when an upcoming auction is scheduled, you can subscribe to our free email notification service to have auction information automatically emailed to you.
Our next Public Auction is Friday, December 8, 2023, see event Open House and Auction flyer, here.
- When and where is the next public auction?
The next Public Auction will be held Friday, December 8, 2023, at the Washington County Government Center located at 14949 62nd St N, Stillwater, MN 55082 (Lower Level, Room LL12)
Information regarding upcoming auction dates is available on our website, by phone, or in our office. Washington County Tax Forfeited property auctions are held at the Government Center located at 14949 62nd St N, Stillwater, MN 55082. Select the at the top of this page and enter your email address to be notified of future auctions.
- What time does the auction begin?
Friday, December 8, 2023, at 2:00 p.m.
- How do I obtain a bidding card?
A valid picture identification (i.e., driver’s license, passport, etc.) will be required to obtain a bidding card.
- What properties are for sale at the auction?
Check the Sale Terms and Auction time.
- How do I receive information on the properties?
You may subscribe to our free email notification service to have auction information automatically emailed to you by signing up on our home page. You will be notified at least 3 weeks prior to the auction.
- How do I pay for a parcel at auction?
A successful bidder may write a personal check at the time of sale. Any changes regarding terms of payment for a property are outlined in the published "Terms of Sale" for each auction.
- When would I get my first real estate tax statement?
If property is purchased in the current year, the taxes will become due and payable the following year, and each year thereafter (For example; If property is purchased in 2012, taxes will be due and payable in 2013).
- How do I receive title to the property?
After full payment of the purchase price and extra costs are paid in full a State Deed will be issued by the Minnesota Dept. of Revenue and recorded in the Washington County Recorder’s Office. You may wish to consult with an attorney in order to clear title.