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 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.
Note: The Lien Sale is scheduled to take place in May 2016.

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.

90-day Notice of Intention to Sell Liens
Includes detailed information and frequently asked questions about lien sales.
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提前 90 天之留置权出售意向通知
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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 4/27/15)

2015 10-Day Lien Sale Lists
Updated 4/27/15















Staten Island



Lien Sale Outreach

The Dept. of Finance, Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Dept. of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) held outreach sessions in every borough that provided owners with one-on-one customer assistance.

Contact Information

For Property Taxes
            NYC Dept. of Finance
            Tax Lien Ombudsperson
            Phone: 212-440-5408 or 212-440-5407 (Ombudsperson for Seniors)
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

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)