Lands Available For Taxes Information

Per Florida Statutes 197.502 and 197.542

  • "On county-held or individually held certificates for which there are no bidders at the public sale and for which the certificate holder fails to timely pay costs of resale or fails to pay the amounts due for issuance of a tax deed within 30 days after the sale, the clerk shall enter the land on a list entitled "lands available for taxes."
  • "The county shall then have 90 days after the land is placed on the list to purchase the land for the opening bid."
  • "After 90 days, any person or governmental unit may purchase the land for the opening bid."
  • "Taxes shall not be extended against parcels contained on the list but shall be added to the minimum bid as they become due."
  • "If not purchased, lands contained on the list of lands available shall escheat to the county three years after the date on which the property was offered for tax deed sale."

Disclaimer: The Clerk does not expressly or impliedly warrant that the information or data posted regarding the "List of Lands Available for Taxes" is accurate or correct.

When purchasing property from the "List of Lands Available for Taxes", it is recommended that you review the file prior to purchasing. The files are available online. The files are identified by the Certificate Number listed in the first column of the "List of Lands Available for Taxes".

After you review the file, and would like to find out the purchase price you will need to contact our office. We will have you complete an information form. We will contact the Tax Collector to ascertain the amount of additional taxes due from the time the parcel was placed on the "List of Lands Available for Taxes". Our office will notify you of the total purchase price. The total will include the original opening bid, additional taxes due, recording fees, and documentary stamp tax. Payment must be in the form of cashier's check or money order. When payment is received, we will prepare a Tax Deed and record it in the Official Records.

If you have any questions, please contact the Tax Deed Department at (386) 736-5919.

NOTE: Properties sold from the "List of Lands Available for Taxes" will be conveyed by Tax Deed. This form of deed is not a warranty deed. Any property that is sold from the "Lands Available for Taxes" is sold "AS IS" without any warranties or representations of any kind or character, express or implied, with respect to the property, including, but not limited to, warranties or representations as to matters of title, land use, zoning, tax consequences, physical or environmental conditions, availability of access, ingress or egress, valuations, governmental approvals, governmental regulations, or any other matter or thing relating to or affecting the property. Without limiting the foregoing, there are no warranties or representations concerning:

  1. the ownership of the property;
  2. whether the property is subject to any liens, easements or restrictions;
  3. the land use, zoning, value, condition, merchantability, marketability, profitability, suitability or fitness for a particular use or purpose of the property;
  4. whether any improvements, including buildings or mobile homes, are located on the property, or the value thereof;
  5. the manner or quality of the constructions or construction of materials incorporated into any part of the property;
  6. the manner, quality, state of repair, or lack of repair of the property, or of any improvements thereon; or
  7. whether utilities are available to the property.