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Property Tax Sale Process

If property taxes remain unpaid for a specific period of time, Ontario's Municipal Tax Sales Act provides for the sale of the property. 

Prior to a tax sale, the Town of Amherstburg aims to work with the property owner to develop a schedule to repay all monies owing. We see a tax sale as a last resort - and we will only initiate a tax sale if the property owner refuses or is unable to pay the amount owing in whole or through a payment schedule.

We can register a tax arrears certificate if taxes remain unpaid on vacant land for two years prior to Jan. 1 of any year, or two years for improved lands. These timelines apply to all classes of property.

A tax arrears certificate indicates the property will be sold if taxes, penalties, interest and reasonable costs incurred by the city are not paid within one year of the certificate's registration. 

Once a tax arrears certificate has been registered against the lands, partial payments cannot be accepted.

If the monies owing have not been paid within the one-year period, the following process will be followed:

  • Notices and declarations are prepared for final notice
  • Advertising for the sale must be placed in the Ontario Gazette for one week
  • Advertising in the local paper, River Town Times, must be done for a period of four consecutive weeks
  • After the four week advertisement, submissions are to be provided by public tender, to minimum bid
  • If no one submits to the minimum bid, the Town has the option to vest the property in its name
  • If there is a successful purchaser, the sale is processed as a general real estate transaction to be closed 14 days after the tender opening 

For more information, please contact the Tax Department at 519-736-0012.

To view properties eligible for public sale, please visit the Current Tax Sale page.