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Lands Available For Taxes



LANDS AVAILABLE FOR TAXES - Online Listing
Instructions:
  • Under "Search Options" located on the left side of the page, select "By Status."
  • Under "Search Criteria," located on the right side of the page, click on the "Sale Date Range" and enter a Sale Date Range from 6/7/2005 though the current date.
  • Under the Current Status drop down box Select "Lands Available."
  • Click Search Records to complete your search.



Lands available for taxes are properties that have been advertised for sale by the Clerk at public auction, and no bidders appeared at the public sale to purchase the properties. When this happens, the Clerk is required to enter the land on a list called "lands available for taxes" and to notify the Board of County Commissioners and all other persons holding certificates against the land that the land is available.

The listing of lands available for taxes is available online or, a hard copy of the listing may be purchased in the Recording Services Department, 315 Court Street, Clearwater, Florida 33756. A parcel of land may be purchased from the listing the Recording Services Department's Tax Deed Section. Payment of the total amount owing on the property must be in the form of cash, cashier's check or money order. Call the Tax Deed Section at 727 464-3424 to schedule an appointment to purchase "lands available for taxes."

Any person may purchase property from the list of lands available for taxes. The county has 90 days after the land is placed on the list to purchase the land for the opening bid, if all outstanding tax sale certificates were issued after July 1, 1999. If any tax sale certificates were sold on or before July 1, 1999, the County has 90 days from the sale date to purchase the land. After the 90 days, any person, the county or governmental unit may purchase the land for the opening bid without further notice or advertising required. "Omitted" taxes plus interest will be added to the minimum bid except when the county or other governmental unit is the purchaser for its' own use.


FOR STRUCTURAL INFORMATION ON THE PHYSICAL ADDRESS OF THE PROPERTY:

Information on properties listed on the Lands Available for Taxes list is available in the Property Appraiser's Office:

    315 Court Street, 2nd Floor
    Clearwater, Florida, 33756
    (727) 464-3207
or online at the Pinellas County Property Appraisers' Database Search, http://www.pcpao.org/searchpage.php.  

More Important Information:

OMITTED TAXES:
"Omitted taxes" are those taxes that have not been extended on the tax roll against a parcel of property after the property has been placed on the listing of lands available for taxes. (Section 197.102(2) Florida Statutes.) "Omitted taxes" are paid plus interest.


It is suggested that you seek advice on any property that you are considering for purchase. There may be liens or encumbrances on the property.

Ken Burke, Clerk of the Circuit Court
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