The 2021 lien sale will be held on December 17, 2021. Only liens for property taxes and charges will be sold; water and sewer liens will not.
If you receive a warning notice indicating that your property is at risk of being included in the lien sale, read on to learn what you can do to avoid this.
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 informing you of the sale and advising you to pay your debt(s) so that your property's lien is not sold.
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.
To keep your property out of the lien sale, you must take one of the following actions by December 16, 2021.
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2020 Lien Sale List (Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island)
2019 Lien Sale List (Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island)
2018 Lien Sale List
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)
The Department of Finance and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) hold outreach events in every borough to provide owners with one-on-one assistance with lien sale questions and issues.
The Lien Sale Task Force is holding a public meeting on October 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. to receive comments on ideas that have been presented to the Task Force. The meeting will be held virtually. If you are interested in attending and presenting comments at the meeting, please click here to contact us or call 311.
To receive information by email about lien sale outreach events, click here.
Payment agreements are available whether or not your property has been noticed for a tax lien sale. Any property owner who is interested in paying their property taxes in installments may apply.
If your property has been noticed for a lien sale, entering into a payment agreement or bringing an existing payment agreement up to date will remove your property from the lien sale list. Use our payment agreement estimator to help you estimate what you will owe for each installment.
The NYC Department of Finance recognizes that an unexpected event or hardship may make it difficult for you to pay your property taxes. If you qualify for the Property Tax and Interest Deferral (PT AID) program, you can defer your property tax payments so that you can remain in your home. The Property Tax and Interest Deferral program removes properties from the tax lien sale once an application is complete.
To apply for a PT AID payment agreement, download and complete the PT AID initial application below, or call 311 for assistance. (If you did not file a federal or state tax return last year, you will also need to submit the PT AID income worksheet.)
If you have defaulted on a property tax payment agreement, you may be eligible to file an Extenuating Circumstances Payment Plan Reinstatement Request.
For Property Taxes
NYC Dept. of Finance
Tax Lien Ombudsperson
Phone: 212-440-5408 or 212-440-5407
Senior Ombudsman: 212-291-4414
Email: Email Us
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
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.
The Department of Finance has participated in temporary task forces established by local law to review and evaluate the tax lien sale program. Further information is on the Lien Sale Task Force page.