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Real Property Tax Sale

Over-the-Counter Tax Sale

Pursuant to DC Code § 47-1353(a), an Over-the-Counter (OTC) Sale allows purchasers an opportunity to buy specific tax liens to properties that were presented but not sold to third-party purchasers at the annual real property tax sale. Such tax liens can now be purchased for the amount for which the real property was bid-off to the District, plus accrued interest.

Important information:

  • OTC tax liens may be purchased online Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

  • Payment in full of the bid-off lien amount is due on the same day of the OTC tax lien purchase. Payment may be made at OTR’s Cashier’s Office or via electronic wire.

  • OTR’s Cashier’s Office’s accepts cash, certified check, cashier’s check, and postal money order. Operating hours are, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

  • Certificates of Sale will be mailed to the respective purchasers.

  • Block-out periods apply to purchase OTC tax liens around the scheduled annual, First-Come-First-Serve, and Discount tax sale events, at OTR’s discretion.

  • A tax lien purchaser acts at their own risk and must exercise due diligence in selecting real properties upon which to purchase in good faith.

To register, view, and purchase OTC tax liens, please click here for the resource document.  

Vacant and Blighted Real Property Classification Status

To verify current Vacant and/or Blighted Real Property classification status, please visit the DC Department Of Buildings (DOB) public Vacant Properties Map.

To dispute/appeal current Vacant and/or Blighted Real Property classification status, please send a message to [email protected] with the property address and SSL in the subject line. A representative from DOB will be assigned for further assistance.

Financial Resource - Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF)

You may be eligible for the DC Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF) program if you are behind on your mortgage or other housing expenses, including property taxes. HAF uses funding from the American Rescue Plan to provide grants to income-eligible District Homeowners who have been affected by COVID-19. To apply for HAF or find out additional information on eligibility criteria, please visit

Office of the Real Property Tax Ombudsman

Homeowners and other interested parties may be eligible for assistance from the Real Property Tax Ombudsman. If you need assistance with a tax sale or related property tax matters, contact the Real Property Tax Ombudsman at (202) 727-1529 or via email to [email protected].

2023 Discount Tax Sale

2023 Tax Sale Listing

2023 Tax Sale Notices

2022 Tax Sale Listing

2022 Tax Sale Notices

2021 Tax Sale Listing

2021 Tax Sale Notices

2020 Tax Sale Notices

2019 Tax Sale Listing

2019 Tax Sale Notices

2018 Tax Sale Notices

2017 Tax Sale Notices

2017 Tax Sale Listing

2017 Discount Tax Sale

2016 Tax Sale Listing

2016 Tax Sale Notices

2015 Tax Sale Listing

2015 Tax Sale Notices

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