Lien Sales

The City can place a lien against your property if you have not paid one or more of the following:

  • Property taxes
  • Water or sewer charges, including surcharges
  • Other property charges (including sidewalk repair, vacant lot cleaning, emergency repair program charges, and alternate enforcement program charges)
  • Interest, fines, or fees on the taxes and charges described above

If the City places a lien on your property, the Department of Finance will mail you a Lien Sale Notice. Notices are sent 90 days, 60 days, 30 days, and 10 days before the lien sale.

When the City sells a lien to a lien holder, it is not selling your property. The lien holder does not buy your property. The lien holder is an authorized private collection agency that buys the right to collect the money that you owe the City. Property owners should not deal with anyone other than the lien holder or its authorized representatives. The general public is not allowed to buy liens.

Once sold, if you have not paid the lien in full or entered into a payment agreement with the new lien holder, the lien holder can begin formal foreclosure proceedings.