How Does a Tax Deed Sale Work in Florida? The Process Explained.

So exactly how does a tax deed sale work in Florida? You probably already know that Florida sells both tax liens and tax deeds. Let me show you the whole process and everything else you need to know.

This is a large market with many auctions and many opportunities.

Today I’ll answer your question, how does a tax deed sale work in Florida? You’ll learn the process, and I’ll share with you a few of the challenges.

Tax deed sales are really public auctions that take place in all 67 Florida counties. You can expect to find properties which will auction for very low prices, and you’ll find properties that sell at auctions for thousands of dollars.

By the end of this article, you’ll know the nitty gritty of auctions.

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Tax deed sales/auctions are the result of a county, usually the official treasurer, confiscating a property for nonpayment of property taxes.

How does a tax deed sale work in Florida? It’s a step-by-step process.

The treasurer seizes the property after sending many due process notices of default. These notices advise the property owner of the consequences of nonpayment of property tax.

After the fact, the treasurer is authorized to take action and confiscate the property, and thereafter, evict the resident or the tenants.

When the property owner ignores the notices, the county government, that is, the treasurer, takes action.


The county usually doesn’t want the property. It’s of no use to the county.

The county wants revenue from the property taxes to pay for the county government employees’ salaries, and also, to pay for fire fighters, sheriffs and police departments, and to build schools, hire school teachers, and so much more.

The property owner defaults on the property taxes. That means the property is no longer on the tax roll.

The tax roll is comprised of responsible property owners that have paid; their tax bill is current. The county wants as many property owners on the tax roll as possible.


auction1So, how does a tax deed sale work in Florida? Here’s the nitty gritty.

The Florida’s legislature makes the laws. The law in Florida is everyone pays property tax, or you lose your property.

You forfeit your property to the county. All this takes place at a tax deed sale, which is really a tax defaulted property auction.

In a county like Miami-Dade, you could expect 100, up to 200, valuable properties to be auctioned at least once and sometimes twice a year.

Orlando, in the middle of the state, in Orange county, auctions properties monthly 5 – 10 at a time.

Low population counties are authorized to sell at public auction properties that have not paid taxes. Those counties will do so at least once a year.

The county government will announce and advertise the auction in a local county newspaper and on the official county website.


Newcomers make a lot of mistakes. You can avoid mistakes by reading the auction rules and studying the process. Attending an auction and observing and watching is a good idea.

For some reason, everyone thinks the word auction means bargains. I can assure you it’s not a bargain if you bid too high.


I’ve been involved in tax liens and tax deeds for many years as an investor, as a coach and a guide. I’m amazed at what stupid things people do at auctions.

The untrained auction buyers hurt their own pocketbook when buying a tax deed property that they haven’t seen. Houses that have burned to the ground or property that is under water that is under a lake! I’m not exaggerating.

The amateur buyers will pay more than the retail value just to be the winner.

During our live training, we actually show new comers how to bid and how not to bid. However, the key really is to have a plan, and that plan is your exit plan. If you know what you can sell it for, then you know your maximum bid.


auctionHow does a tax deed sale work in Florida? The county will have rules. You need to read and understand the rules.

The county will keep it very simple. Small population counties will have a county government employee stand on the court house steps, read off the auction property number and take bids.

The employee will read the parcel number of the property and state the minimum bid. If no one bids, he or she will move on to the next property.

There is no screaming or yelling. This is not a drama. It’s just bidder “A” raising their hand or bidder card with what they will pay. If no one else bids, the auctioneer will say going once, going twice, going 3 times.

This is an orderly, proven process that has worked for hundreds of years. The savvy educated auction buyers do not overbid. They watch and they shut up. If someone beats them, they go home with no drama.


Florida has 67 counties. Once a county confiscates a property for non payment of property taxes, the property goes to auction, which the county will announce in the local newspaper and on their website.

How does a tax deed sale work in Florida? It depends on the county. Some counties may have a couple hundred properties for sale once or twice or year. Others may have a smaller number of properties go up for sale monthly.

Different counties may have different rules. That’s why it’s important to know the rules and do your homework.

People make a lot of mistakes at auctions that end up costing them money.

After many decades of watching and doing this, I’ve been able to use the system and purchase properties valued at $400,000 to $500,000 for 20 or 30 cents on the dollar.

Hundreds of properties will be sold at 10 and 20 cents on the dollar that have values of $50,000 and $100,000. And does a mortgage survive a tax deed sale in Florida? No!

The system works so well that I’ve seen my students purchase perfectly good livable homes for only \$500, and there was no mortgage. They immediately rented the property for $6,000 a year.

I’ve seen students buy as many as 60 properties and resell them in 6 years.

I’ve worked and guided tax lien certificate buyers who purchased over 700 tax lien certificates.

Here’s what works and what doesn’t. The successful buyers either train themselves over a 3-5 year period, or they hire someone with experience to show them the step-by-step process.

I can teach you how to do this and save you from making costly mistakes. If you want to learn more, I suggest you start with my FREE Master Class. It costs you nothing, so why wait? Why put off changing your life for the better?

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Ted Thomas

Ted Thomas is America’s Leading Authority on Tax Lien Certificates and Tax Deed Auctions, as well as a publisher and author of more than 30 books. His guidebooks on Real Estate have sold in four corners of the world. He has been teaching people just like you for over 30 years how to buy houses in good neighborhoods for pennies on the dollar. He teaches how to create wealth with minimum risk and easy-to-learn methods.

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