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Real Property Tax Sale

The Real Property Tax Administration will begin its 2021 Annual Tax Sale on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, and continue, except Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays, until all the real properties available for sale are sold. During each day, the Sale shall be conducted from 8:30 a.m. until 12 noon and from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. or until all the real properties scheduled for sale for that day are sold. The Sale shall occur at OTR located at 1101 4th Street, SW, Suites W244 and W250, Washington, DC 20024.

On the property list posted on OTR’s website, all real properties are listed in square, suffix and lot, or parcel and lot, number order. The name of the owner of record and premise address of each real property are also stated. Certain real properties on this list do not have street numbers or premise addresses; therefore, none can be provided. A real property without a street number is generally stated on the below list as having “0” as a street address number.  

The list states the amount for which each real property may be sold at the Sale; an additional $200.00 Tax Sale Fee shall be added at the time of the sale. The stated amount for which a real property may be offered for sale can be lower than what an owner would have to pay in order to prevent the real property from being sold. Owners must contact OTR to determine the amount that must be paid in order to avoid the sale of their real properties. Purchasers must be aware that additional liabilities, which are not reflected in the total amount for which the real properties are offered at the Sale, may be due and owing on real properties and such additional liabilities may include liens previously sold to a third party. A purchaser at the Sale acts at his or her own risk and must exercise due diligence in selecting real properties upon which to bid in good faith.

At the Sale, the purchaser acquires a certificate of sale to the real property that may ripen into title if the owner (or other party with an interest) fails to redeem. The owner (or other party with an interest) has a statutory right to redeem the real property until his or her equity of redemption has been foreclosed by the purchaser’s lawsuit. If the owner (or other party with an interest) fails to redeem the real property, the Superior Court of the District of Columbia may order that a deed be issued to the purchaser after the purchaser pays all taxes, costs, and expenses. The purchaser shall monitor their portfolio for the status of tax payments being made by accessing the purchaser’s log-in view on OTR’s website at mytax.dc.gov.

A certificate of sale shall be canceled if, inter alia, it is later determined that the delinquent taxes, including accrued interest and penalties, were satisfied before the end of the last day of the Sale. The date of sale of any real property shall be deemed to be the last day of the Sale, regardless of the actual day of the Sale during which the real property was offered and sold. The certificates of sale shall indicate the date of sale as being the last day of the Sale.

Purchasers should file Form FR-500, Combined Business Tax Registration Application, prior to registering. This form should be filed online by visiting OTR’s website, mytax.dc.gov. A potential purchaser, including a natural person or business entity delinquent in the payment of in rem taxes (e.g. real property taxes) to the District, or one who has been convicted of a felony involving fraud, deceit, moral turpitude, or anti-competitive behavior, may not bid at the Sale or otherwise acquire an interest in real property sold at the Sale. A potential purchaser, including a natural person or business entity, must certify that such purchaser: 1) is not more than one year in arrears in any jurisdiction in the payment of in rem taxes not being contested in good faith; and, 2) has not been convicted in any jurisdiction of a felony involving fraud, deceit, moral turpitude, or anti-competitive behavior.

Registration for the Sale is mandatory and begins Monday, October 4, 2021, online via mytax.dc.gov. Registration continues until the final day of the Sale. Prior to bidding at the Sale, a purchaser of real property must have made a deposit of at least 20% of the total purchase price. ALL PAYMENTS MUST BE MADE TO THE D.C. TREASURER BY CASH, CERTIFIED CHECK, CASHIER’S CHECK, POSTAL MONEY ORDER, OR BANK WIRE.

OTR is conducting two public seminars to explain tax sale procedures. Potential purchasers are highly encouraged to attend a seminar and review the District of Columbia 2021 Real Property Tax Sale Informational Guide (FAQ) available at https://otr.cfo.dc.gov/page/real-property-tax-sale. To enroll in a seminar, please register online via mytax.dc.gov. The seminars will be held online via Webex platform, on Friday, October 8, 2021. The Webex invitation link will be sent to the email you have provided at the time of registration. The first seminar will take place from 9:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., and the second from 1:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.  During each of the two seminars, OTR will explain the entire sale process and follow up with a question and answer period. The seminars are free and all are welcome. To enroll in a seminar, please register online via mytax.dc.gov. Enrollment is mandatory for anyone planning to attend one of the seminars. Enrollment will be granted on a first-come/first-served basis and will continue until all available slots are taken.

A person with a communication impairment requiring an interpreter for the Sale shall notify OTR of the need for an interpreter no later than October 6, 2021. If an interpreter is required for the public seminars, OTR shall be notified no later than October 1, 2021. Please contact OTR at (202) 727-4TAX (4829), via email at [email protected], or visit its Customer Service Center at 1101 4th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024.

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