Leon County Florida Tax Lien Certificates
is located in north central Florida (see map at http://www.floridacountiesmap.com).
county seat is Tallahassee, and the population in 2000
was 239452. You can visit the Leon County website at http://www.co.leon.fl.us.
The sale of tax certificates by the Tax Collector is required by state law to be conducted beginning on or before June 1 for the preceding year of delinquent real estate taxes. Delinquent taxes must be advertised for three consecutive weeks in a local newspaper. At the sale, bidding begins at an 18% interest rate and is bid down until the certificate is sold to the lowest bidder. When a tax certificate is redeemed and the interest earned on the face amount is less than 5%, a mandatory charge of 5% interest is due. Tax certificates are dated as of the first day of the tax certificate sale and expire after seven years.
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Leon County Tax Lien Certificate Sales
Information about tax lien certificate sales is available on the Leon County Tax Collector's website at:
http://www.leontaxcollector.net/taxsale.htm AND https://www.bidleon.com
If you have additional questions, you can contact the Tax Collector at:
301 South Monroe Street
Florida Over-the-Counter Tax Lien Certificate Process
Tax certificates on land which has been granted a homestead exemption for the year in which the delinquent taxes were assessed and which have a face value of less than $100 are not sold to the public at a tax certificate sale. These certificates are instead issued to the County. Once the face value and accrued interest exceed $100, the certificate may be sold to an individual. In addition, any certificates not sold at the tax certificate sale are struck off to the County and can be purchased by individuals. County-held certificates bear interest at 18% per year. The 5% minimum mandatory charge does not apply when a certificate is purchased from the County.
Information about county-held tax lien certificates is available on the Leon County Tax Collector's website at:
Log in at www.BidLeon.com and click on "Results" to view which certificates were not bid on at the tax lien sale.
This information is often more difficult to obtain. If there is no information available online, contact the County and ask to speak with someone who knows about tax lien certificate sales. Explain that you want information on purchasing tax lien certificates that were not sold at public auction. The Tax Collector for Leon County can be contacted at:
301 South Monroe Street
Information on a property subject to a tax deed sale, such as appraised value and structural improvements, is available at the Leon County Property Appraiser's Office, located at:
Room 111 - 301 S. Monroe Street