Charlotte County, Florida
Charlotte County Justice Center
350 E. Marion Avenue
P.O. Box 511687
Punta Gorda, FL 33951-1687
If you wish to bid at sale you need to complete a bid slip the day of sale at the Justice Center 350 E. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda, Fl. If you are the successful bidder, you will need to put a 5% deposit to the Clerk by cash,cashier/certified/bank check. You then need to pay the balance within 24 hours.
The Clerk assumes no responsibility for any encumbrances on any property offered for sale. Please call 941-637-2238 for the date of the next sale.
Clerk of the Court/ Tax Deed (Information Below)
Tax Deed Information:
Arrive a few minutes before 9:00 a.m. at Room 3-E at the Justice Center.The bidding for each property will start with the opening bid. There will be no questions answered after the sale begins.All parties are asked to refrain from conversation while a sale is being conducted.If you are the successful bidder, you must remain for the duration of the sale and then go to the second floor Records Department for the exact total you must pay. Your bid amount and all fees for recording your deed must be paid within 24 hours. In accordance with Section 197.542(2), F.S., on all Tax Deed Applications made on or after October 1, 2001, the high bidder shall post with the Clerk a non-refundable cash deposit of $200 at the time of the sale to be applied to the sale price at the time of full payment.
SALE OF TAX CERTIFICATES FOR UNPAID TAXES (Section 197.432, F.S.):
Taxes become delinquent April 1st of each year. At that time, the Tax Collector begins preparing the tax certificate sale. A tax certificate is sold for all taxes not paid by June 1st. A tax certificate is a tax lien against the property. The certificate holder does not have any rights to the property. If no individual purchases a certificate on a piece of property at the certificate sale, the County assumes the certificate. There are two types of tax certificates: individual and County. The owner or interested party may redeem the certificate at any time by paying to the Tax Collector the delinquent taxes and interest earned by the certificate holder. (Section 197.472, F.S.) The tax certificate has a life of seven years. (Section 197.482, F.S.)
If a certificate is not redeemed, the certificate holder may force the issue by making application for tax deed. A certificate must be two years old to be eligible for a Tax Deed application. (For county held certificates, the Board of County Commissioners makes application for the Tax Deed.) The application process must begin in the Tax Collector’s Office. The Tax Collector prepares the necessary paperwork (which includes the Tax Collector’s Certificate and a legal description of the property) and forwards it to the Clerk’s Office. The Clerk’s Office prepares the legal advertisement for the newspaper, the certified mailing of notices of the pending sale, the civil process to be served by the Sheriff’s Office, the calculation of the opening bid, answers questions from the public, and waits for the sale. The owner or interested party may redeem right up until the recording of the Tax Deed.