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Legal

Phone: 913-715-1900

111 S Cherry, Suite 3200, Olathe, KS 66061

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Frequent Questions

What types of properties are in the auctions?

All types. Some have buildings or houses; some are vacant; some are very small strips of land. It is the buyer’s responsibility to research the property to determine whether it is suitable for the buyer.

Will the properties sell for the amount of taxes owed?

They may sell for more; they may sell for less.

Will there be a minimum bid?

The County may choose to bid in at an amount up to the amount of its lien, thereby setting a minimum bid. However, the County is not required to do so.

Does Johnson County sell tax liens?

No. Kansas law does not provide for the auction of tax liens.

Do you have a mailing list?

No

What happens to properties that do not sell at the auction? May they be purchased directly from Johnson County?

In the event all the properties are not sold at an auction, Johnson County will consider all available options and procedures allowed by state law for addressing the unsold properties, including offering those properties again, at the next auction. Offers to purchase properties that did not sell at public auction will be considered and may be accepted upon published notice and court approval.

Does Johnson County allow investors to purchase at tax auctions without attending the tax auction?

Yes, but the investor's agent must register prior to the auction and must attend and bid at the auction. Further, if the investor is the successful bidder, the investor must execute the required affidavit in the allotted time --generally within 48 hours after the auction. All bidders must register prior to the auction. Registration will be held the morning of the auction. The successful bidders and buyers must execute an affidavit, under oath, that they meet the statutory qualifications for bidding on tax auction property. Generally, Kansas law prohibits the following people from buying at the auction: (1) those who owe delinquent taxes in Johnson County; (2) those who have an interest in the property, for example, owners, relatives, or officers of a corporation that owns the property; and (3) those who buy the property with the intent to transfer it to someone who is prohibited from buying.

Once a property is acquired through a tax auction, is there a redemption period before the purchaser may take possession?

No, with these exception: Some properties are subject to federal lien. The federal agency may redeem the property during the applicable federal redemption period. A deed will not be issued by the Sheriff until expiration of the federal redemption period and only if the federal agency does not redeem the property. All properties are subject to the Service Members Civil Relief Act.

What type of ownership document is issued at the auction?

The buyer will receive a receipt for payment on the day of the auction. The court will hold a hearing approximately three weeks after the auction to determine whether to confirm the auctions. For properties not subject to a federal lien, the Sheriff will issue a Sheriff's Deed after the court confirms the auction. Some properties sold at the auctions are subject to a federal lien. A Sheriff's Deed will be issued for those properties upon the expiration of the applicable federal redemption period--if the federal agency chooses not to redeem the property. If the federal agency redeems the property, no deed will be issued and the person with the winning bid at the auction will receive a refund.

Does Johnson County offer a financial program?

No.

Is payment in full required on the day of the auction?

Yes. All properties must be paid for by the stated time on the day of the auction.

What payment requirements do you have at the auction?

Only cash, a cashier's check, or a money order made payable to Johnson County Sheriff will be accepted. Personal checks will not be accepted.

When and how are your tax auctions advertised? How can I obtain a list of properties for upcoming auctions?

A list of the properties, as well as the date, time and location of the auction and registration requirements will be published prior to the auction in the Kansas City Star. A list of the properties and maps for the properties are available for viewing on this web site. Also, you may obtain a booklet of the properties and maps at the Johnson County Legal Department for $6.00. The booklet may be obtained in person or by mail. To order the booklet by mail, send your name and address to Johnson County Legal Department, 111 S. Cherry Street, Suite 3200, Olathe, KS 66061-3486. Payment is only by check or money order, made payable to Johnson County, Kansas.

What is the date, time, and location of your tax auctions?

Auctions are scheduled when all other tax auction procedures required by law and County policy have been completed. Auction dates, times, and location will be posted on this site as they are set.

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