Tax Sale By Public Tender

Serving Tax Sales Investors Since 2005

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1.1 How To Find Out About Upcoming Tax Sales.

Once a week we send an email to our members giving details of all the newly listed tax sales in Ontario. Click “Tax Sale Properties” in the menu on the left to see a complete list of all the current upcoming tax sales.

1.2 Click On The More Details... Link Shown Under Each Tax Sale Listing.

For our “Featured Listings” this information is available free of charge at this website. It may give you important details about the property, such as:

Is the land on a lake or a river?

Is there a building on the land?

Is the land accessible by a road?

1.3 Obtain An "InfoPak"

For “Featured” listings the InfoPak will have information on all of the properties being sold by that municipality. It will also provide the forms that are needed to submit a tender, as well as instructions on how to fill out and submitting these forms. You can download an InfoPak for free if you are an OTS Member (Non-Member cost is $25.00). If you would like information about how you will receive your order after you purchase it, click on “Frequently Asked Questions” in the “How To Buy” menu. For “Members Only” listings you will be required to contact the Municipality to obtain an information package as we don’t have an agreement with these Municipalities to distribute their information packages.

1.4 Will mortgages, liens, etc. affect property after the tax sale?

Most, but not all, mortgages, liens, executions, etc. are eliminated by a tax sale. Interests in favour of the “Crown”, and some other interests, will continue to affect the property after a tax sale.

To find out what, if any, interests will affect the property after a tax sale you need to obtain an up-to-date title search and execution search. You can order searches directly from this web site if you are a GOLD Member. One of our in-house title searchers will prepare a brief “Title Search Summary,” written in plain English, not legal jargon, so anyone can understand the results of the search. The Title Search Summary will tell you if any mortgages, executions or other encumbrance will affect the property after the tax sale.

If you would like information about how you will receive your order after you purchase it, click on “Frequently Asked Questions” in the left hand menu.

1.5 Decide If You Would Like To Buy A Property.

If you would like to buy a property you will have to submit a Tender.

Submit A Tender

2.1 Decide How Much You Are Willing To Pay For The Property.

Remember, there might be other people submitting tenders. The highest Tenderer will have an opportunity to buy the property. If they do not do so, the second highest Tenderer will have an opportunity to buy the property. No one else will have an opportunity to buy the property.

Note: The Municipality cannot tell you how many tenders have been received as that may influence your bid 

2.2 Fill Out Our "Form 7 Tender To Purchase".

The Tender to Purchase will include information such as your name and address and the amount that you are willing to pay for the property. Instructions for completing this form are included with the InfoPak’s that are available from this site.

2.3 Prepare A Deposit.

Your tender must be accompanied by a deposit of at least twenty percent of the amount that you are tendering. For example, if the amount of your tender is $10,000.00, your deposit must be at least $2,000.00. If your deposit is for less than 20% of the amount tendered your tender will be rejected.

Your deposit must be made by way of money order or by way of bank draft or cheque certified by a bank or trust corporation.

2.4 Make Sure You Have Enough Money.

If your tender is the highest tender received by the municipality, you will have fourteen days to pay the balance owing, plus Land Transfer Tax, any property taxes or interest that have come due since the property was first advertised for tax sale, plus HST, if applicable. If you do not pay that amount within fourteen days your deposit will be forfeited to the municipality. The second highest Tenderer will then be given an opportunity to buy the property.

2.5 Submit Your Tender In A Proper Tender Envelope.

Your Tender must be submitted in a sealed envelope which indicates on it that it is a tax sale and provides a short description or municipal address of the land sufficient to permit the treasurer to identify the parcel of land to which the Tender relates.

2.6 Make Sure Your Tender Is Received On Time.

Your tender must be received by the office of the treasurer of the municipality no later than the time and date indicated by the municipality. If your tender is not received by that time it will be rejected. That date and time is shown in the advertisement for tax sale, which can be seen at this site and is included in the InfoPak.

Example:

Take Notice that tenders are invited for the purchase of the lands described below and will be received until 3:00 p.m. local time on 24 November 2021…

Will you be the successful purchaser?

3.1 Have The Title Search Updated On The Morning Of The Last Day To Receive Tenders.

This will enable you to find out if any new mortgages or other interests that will affect the property after the tax sale have been registered since the most recent title search was conducted. If any such interests have been registered, you may wish to withdraw your tender. This can be done by either faxing or hand-delivering a request to the treasurer to withdraw your Tender. This request must be received by the treasurer’s office not later than the last time and date for receiving tenders.

3.2 The Tenders Will Be Opened In Public.

The Treasurer of the municipality, at a place in the municipality that is open to the public, will open the sealed Tender Envelopes as soon as possible after the last date and time for receiving tenders. If you like, you may attend the tender opening, although you are not required to do so.

3.3 What Happens If Your Tender Is Rejected.

The treasurer will reject any tender that does not meet the requirements of the Municipal Tax Sale Rules. The treasurer will then reject all but the two highest of the remaining tenders. If your tender is rejected it will be returned to you by regular mail, along with your deposit and a statement of the reason for the rejection.

3.4 What Happens If Your Tender Is Accepted.

You will be notified by regular mail that you will be declared to be the successful purchaser if, within 14 calendar days of the mailing of the notice, the balance of the amount tendered, the applicable land transfer tax and the accumulated taxes, and HST if applicable, are paid to the treasurer. If you do not pay this amount with 14 days you will lose your deposit. The second highest tenderer will then be given an opportunity to buy the property.

If you are declared the successful purchaser the treasurer will prepare a tax deed showing you, or someone else if you choose, as the new owner of the property. The person shown as the new owner will have to sign the deed and have it “commissioned” by a Commissioner for Taking Oaths. If you go to the treasurer’s office to sign the deed someone there will most likely be able to commission the deed. If you prefer that the treasurer send you the deed to be signed, you could have it commissioned by a lawyer, doctor, professional engineer, member of the clergy, or other Commissioner for Taking Oaths. The deed will then be registered at the local land registry office. As soon as the tax deed is registered you become the owner of the property

If you would like more details about how tax sales are conducted you can download the Municipal Tax Sale Rules from our Tax sale legislation page if you are a member of OntarioTaxSales.ca.

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