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If a 3rd party buys the lien only full payment of the lien, interest and costs can be accepted. Payment must be by certified check or cash. If an individual does not buy the lien the City automatically acquires it. The City allows payment plans on the liens it holds. For information about payment plans contact the Division of Tax ten days after the sale.
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A tax sale is a sale of a lien against the property for the amount of the unpaid real estate taxes. It is not a sale of the property.
Partial payments are accepted except for the last two days before the tax sale. However, if the balance owed is not paid in full before the date of the tax sale the unpaid balance will still be sold.
The sale of the lien does not mean the house is sold. If a 3rd party buys the lien they must wait two years before they can begin foreclosure. If the lien is not paid and the 3rd party forecloses they would own the property. If the City acquires the lien they must wait 6 months before they can foreclose. Again if the lien is not paid and the City forecloses the City would then own the house.