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Tax Sales

If property taxes remain unpaid for a specific period of time, the Municipal Act provides for the sale of the property. The Municipality registers a Tax Arrears Certificate if taxes remain unpaid on vacant or improved land for three years prior to January 1st of any year. These time lines apply to both residential and non-residential classes of property.

A Tax Arrears Certificate indicates that the property will be sold if taxes, penalties, interest and reasonable costs incurred by the Municipality are not paid within one year of registration of the certificate. Once a certificate has been registered, partial payments cannot be accepted, but a Council approved repayment schedule may be arranged with the owner prior to the expiry of the one-year period.

The Municipality may advertise the property for sale for non-payment of taxes if the cancellation price is not paid within one year of registration of the certificate. Advertisements are generally published in the Peterborough Examiner & the Lakefield Herald, for four consecutive weeks and the Ontario Gazette for one week. Using forms provided by the tax office, the bid plus bid deposit of at least 20% of the tendered amount in the form of certified cheque, money order or bank draft must be submitted in a sealed envelope prior to the specified time. To be eligible, bids must be at least equal to the advertised minimum tender amount. The successful purchaser will be required to pay the amount tendered plus any additional accumulated taxes, penalties and interest since the advertisement, GST if applicable and the relevant land transfer tax.

From the day of notification to the highest bidder, this eligible bidder has 14 days to complete the transaction. All tax properties are sold without warranty and are sold as is. Further information will be made available at the time of advertising of the Tax Sale properties.

For more detailed information please read the following information bulletin.

Need More Information?

Contact the Tax Collector