Lien Sales

When you do not pay your property taxes, water bills, and other charges against your property, these unpaid charges become tax liens that may be sold in a tax lien sale.

Each year, the Department of Finance sells tax liens. If your property has unpaid debt that qualifies for a lien sale, we will sell your lien debt (the amount owed) to an authorized buyer. A lien servicing company, on behalf of the buyer, adds more fees and interest to your debt, so it is much better to take care of your debt before we sell the lien.

We send you at least four (4) notices before your lien is sold telling you about the sale and advising you to pay your debt(s) so that your property's lien does not get sold.
The last day to pay your debt or enter into a payment agreement was
May 12, 2017.

Report of the Lien Sale Task Force

Report mandated by Local Law No. 14, which required the Mayor and the City Council to form a temporary joint task force to review and evaluate the Lien Sale Program.
When the City Can Sell a Lien on a Property
Depending on your type of property, there can be as many as four conditions that make your property eligible for the sale. Use this table to understand the rules that apply to your property.
Once we receive your Exemption Eligibility Checklist, we will review it to determine whether you are eligible to receive a Lien Sale Property Exemption Application for an exemption that may result in your removal from the lien sale. If you received an application, you must have submitted it by May 11, 2017, to be considered for removal from the lien sale.

If none of the criteria on the checklist applies to you, you may qualify for another property tax exemption. You can apply for basic homeowners exemptions for the tax year that starts on July 1 by sending in a exemption application by March 15 of the same year.

Military Request for Relief
Active military personnel may request relief from the Lien Sale, Tax Warrants, Environmental Control Board judgments, and parking judgments.

Payment Agreements
Payment agreements are available for properties noticed for the tax lien sale. Entering into a payment agreement or bringing an existing payment agreement up to date allows owners to be removed from the sale. If you are eligible, you can request a payment agreement and use our payment agreement estimator to help you estimate what you will owe for each installment.

2017 Lien Sale Outreach

90-day Notice of Intention to Sell Liens
Includes detailed information and frequently asked questions about lien sales.

Translated Versions
লিয়েন সেলের 90 দিনের ইনটেনশন নোটিস
提前 90 天之留置权出售意向通知
Preyavi sou 90 jou pou Fè Konnen Entansyon nou pou Vann Dwa Privilèj
90 jours à l'avance de l'intention de vendre la dette
유치권 공매 의향 90일 고지
90-дневное уведомление о предстоящей продаже права требования задолженности
Aviso de 90 días de la intención de vender embargos preventivos

10-Day Publication List of Properties Eligible for the Lien Sale (as of 4/25/17)

2017 10-Day Lien Sale Lists Acrobat    Excel












 Staten Island



  • List of 10 Day Lien Sale Candidates Classified as Vacant Land [ PDF | Excel ]
  • Properties Owned by Not for Profits on 10 Day Lien Sale List  [ PDF | Excel ]
  • Lien Sale Quarterly Status Report [ Excel ]

The Department of Finance, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) held outreach events in every borough to provide owners with one-on-one assistance with their lien sale questions and issues.
Contact Information

For Property Taxes
         NYC Dept. of Finance
            Tax Lien Ombudsperson
            Phone: 212-440-5408 or 212-440-5407 (Ombudsperson for Seniors)
            Email:  Email Us
For Water & Sewer Charges
  NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection
           Bureau of Customer Services
           Phone: 718-595-7000
           Department of Environmental Protection Payment Center Locations

To Dispute Water & Sewer Charges
NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection
           Water Lien Ombudsperson Office
           Phone: 718-595-OMBU (6628)

For Emergency Repair & Alternative Enforcement Charges
    NYC Dept. of Housing Preservation & Development
           Phone: 212-863-6020

Current Lien Servicing Companies
  Tower Capital Management, LLC
           Phone: 800-970-8454

            MTAG Services, LLC
            Phone: 800-750-9210

Avoiding Predatory Lenders
When we publish the 90-day Lien Sale Notice, some homeowners receive loan offers they did not request. Be careful if you receive a loan offer after the list is published. The offer may not be in your best interest.
Dishonest lenders know that if your property is on the lien sale list, you owe the City money. These lenders try to take advantage of your financial situation, and you could lose your property. Be sure to research all lenders, seek guidance from independent sources, and be careful. Do not risk losing your home to a predatory lender if you cannot pay back the money you borrow.

Lien Sale List Archives

2017 Lien Sale List
2016 Lien Sale List
2015 Lien Sale List

2014 Lien Sale List

2013 Lien Sale List
2012 Lien Sale List
2011 Lien Sale List (Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island)