Forfeited Land Sale - October 24, 2019


Thank you for your interest in the parcels being offered at the Forfeited Land Sale.  I would like to take this opportunity to highlight exciting new changes for this year’s sale.  The changes not only take advantage of modern technology by going paperless, but these changes streamline the process for our citizens who attend the Sale.

The biggest change to you is that we are requiring Pre-Registration to be completed by 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday October 23, 2019, the day before the sale date.  We CANNOT accept registrations on the day of the forfeited land sale, October 24, 2019.  Registration can also be completed on-line by clicking on "register now" at the bottom of this page. Registered bidders will only need to Check-In on the day of the Sale.  At Check-In, you will receive your bid card which you will use to BID!

Another change one may notice is the use of two projectors at the Sale.  One will highlight the parcel and the other will record the winning bid.   This change also enables us to keep the process moving along paperless eliminating the need for folders and paper bid sheets.  It will also record the bid amounts immediately into the computer, speeding up the check-out process.

Likewise, these changes will quicken the process of transferring the property to the winning bidder. Once the parcel is paid in full, the deed can be created and recorded in the Recorders Office faster than in past years.

I am positive this year’s Forfeited Land Sale will be great due to these exciting changes.  Please remember to PRE-REGISTER.  All bidders
MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED to take part in this year’s Forfeited Land Sale.

Anita Lopez

Lucas County Auditor




1. Redemption Call – prior owner who wishes to redeem property
2. Parcels offered at Fair Market Value or Amount owed in taxes
3. In Rem Parcels 
4. Parcels offered at minimum bid ($100) in numerical parcel order


1. Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Section 5721.16 states, Parcels shall be sold for not less than the less of (1) fair market value, or (2) the total amount of taxes, etc. found by the court in a foreclosure action.  Winning bids of $300.00 or less must be PAID IN FULL on the day of the Sale.  Winning bids over $300.00 require a deposit of half (50%) of the winning bid price.  All deposits, fees* and paid in full parcels will be required to be paid IMMEDIATELY AT THE CLOSE OF SALE FOR EACH PARCEL.

*Fees include the additional charges for deed preparation, transfer fees, recording fees and current postage, totaling $80.00, which must be paid in addition to the bid price payment or deposit (per ORC Section 5723.12(A)).

2. ALL SALES ARE FINAL – All payments and deposits made on the day of the Sale are NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSITS.

3. Bidders are advised to proceed with extreme caution when bidding on a parcel.  The law in Ohio relative to Real Estate is “Caveat Emptor” which means BUYER BEWARE.  It is expected that all purchasers have contacted a Real Estate Attorney and Title Company prior to bidding.  Since ALL SALES ARE FINAL, and bidders need to use due diligence and: 

A. Make certain you are only bidding on parcels you intended to purchase.  Buyers are obligated to purchase any property in which they are the winning bidder, or forfeit a substantial amount of money.

B. View the property.  Many properties have UNDESIRABLE CHARACTERISTICS, especially those which are being reoffered this year.  If you have not carefully researched the property and physically viewed it, you may not want to bid on the property.  

C. Research. There are number of properties which are scheduled for demolition, have Code Enforcement orders or are cited for health code violations.  The cost of any demolition, repair, or maintenance becomes the responsibility of the buyer.  It is advised that you contact the City of Toledo, Code Enforcement Department at (419) 245-1400 to check whether or not the property is subject to orders or demolition prior to the date of sale; and the Lucas County Health Department at (419)213-4074 to see if there are any health code violations on the property.

D. Be aware that properties listed as being sold IN REM are sold subject to all prior liens, such as mortgages, judgment liens, a stay on the property, etc.

E. Realize all sales are subject to any Federal Tax Liens, which will transfer with the property.

F. Winning bidders MUST BE a property owner in good standing for a parcel to complete the transfer.  Any property owner with delinquent taxes on other properties, as of the date of the Forfeited Land Sale, will not obtain title to any property in which they may have been the winning bidder.

G. All bidders will be required to sign an Affidavit that they have no prior interest in any property to which they will be bidding.  If prior ownership is discovered, not only will any monies paid be forfeited, but the bidder will be subject to prosecution. 

Bidders must have their money with them at the time of bidding.  NO ONE will be allowed to leave and return later to make their payments/deposits.  As each parcel must be paid IMMEDIATELY at the close of its sale, do not bid if you do not have the money on you.

A. Again, deposits/payments made on the date of sale are CASH ONLY.  

B. Full and Final Payments must be made within 10 Business Days from the Date of Sale, which will be Thursday, November 7, 2019.  Final payments may be made with CASH or MONEY ORDER in the Lucas County Auditor’s Office (7th floor of One Government Center) in the Forfeited Land Department.  Absolutely NO EXTENSION of time will be granted.  

C. If payment is not made in full on the 10th business day, the winning bidder will forfeit any monies paid, and the parcel will be offered to the back-up bidder for the same price.  Back-up bidders will then be given 10 business days to pay in full or the property will be offered at the next scheduled sale.  Back-up bidders would have to finalize the purchase by the close of business on Friday, November 22, 2019.

D. The Auditor reserves the right to require PAYMENT IN FULL on day of sale for select parcels marked by the asterisk (*).  On such select parcels, the full bid price must be paid by cash or certified funds within 30 minutes of time of sale.

5. Deed Preparation is completed by the Auditor’s Office.  The deed will only be prepared in the name of the winning bidder unless:

A. A Bid Release Form is properly filed with the Auditor’s Office before the Forfeited Land Sale.  A Bid Release Form allows a potential buyer the ability to appoint someone as their personal representative for the sole purpose of bidding on property at the Forfeited Land Sale.

B. A copy of the Articles of Incorporation are filed with the Auditor’s Office prior to the sale.  If properly filed, the property may be placed in the Company Name.   If the bidder’s name is not included on the Articles of Incorporation, a written letter of authorization must be submitted prior to the date of the sale.

6.  Property sold at the Forfeited Land Sale will not transfer to the winning bidder until the deed is delivered to the County Recorder.  This process will take approximately two weeks after the sale is finalized.  Winning bidder CANNOT enter the property, alter it, or remove anything for the property until ownership is finalized by the deed being recorded. 


7.  The Lucas County Auditor cannot give any warranty of title, as stated above.  Additionally, the Auditor does not give any representation regarding possession, eviction, prior inspection, scheduled demolition, health code violations, federal tax liens, other liens (for In Rem properties), or any other matter.  Bidders are encouraged to do their own investigation.

8.  Attendance will be limited to Pre-Registered Bidders only, on a First Come/First Served basis.  Pre-Registration will END at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 23, 2019.  Only those pre-registered will be given a Bid Card to use at the Forfeited Land Sale.  There is no fee to register.

The Sale will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m.  Check-in will start at 9:00 a.m.

9.  The auctioneer may increase the minimum bid increments at his discretion in order to keep the bid process moving quickly.  DO NOT DELAY in making your bid.  Sale is FINAL at the strike of the gavel.  All decisions of the auctioneer are FINAL.

NOTE:   Acceptance of your bid creates a contract between you and County Auditor.  The Lucas County Prosecutor may file a lawsuit for Breach of Contract if you fail to pay the full price.  You may be prohibited from participating in future sales.  Bidding on property with the intent to delay the sale or with the intention of not paying the bid price constitutes the crime of Obstructing Official Business under O.R.C. 2921.31, a misdemeanor of the second degree; and bidders may be subject to prosecution.

10.   Sales are conducted based SOLELY upon the Permanent Parcel Number of the Property.  The county does NOT use addresses for any purpose.  The county is therefore not responsible for inaccurate addresses provided in the county records.  The county also does not warrant or guarantee any information provided in the county records.

*PROPOSED RULES subject to prosecutor approval