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Tax Certificate Sales - General Information

Beginning on or before June 1, the Tax Collector is required by law to hold a Tax Certificate Sale. The tax certificate represents a lien on unpaid real estate properties. Interest accrues on the tax certificate from June 1 until the taxes are paid. The amount of the certificate is the sum of the unpaid real estate tax and the non-ad valorem assessments, penalties, advertising costs and fees.


Tax Certificates are not sold on parcels with Homestead exemption with taxes less than $100.00.

Tax Certificates are not knowingly sold on parcels involved in bankruptcy or litigation. If bankruptcy or litigation occurs after a certificate is issued, the court may determine the amount of interest to be paid. Bankruptcy and litigation may extend the life of a certificate and places an automatic stay on the Tax Deed Application process.

Tax Deed Applications

Any time after two years have elapsed since April 1 of the year of issuance of the tax certificate and before the expiration of seven years from the date of issuance, the tax certificate holder is entitled to submit a tax deed application. The tax deed application must be submitted between the 1st and 10th of the month with required documentation and payment. 

Tax deed applications will not be accepted prior to April 1st on tax certificates issued as result of this sale.

The tax deed applicant must pay all fees and the cost of the ownership and encumbrance report pertaining to each tax deed application in accordance with Florida Statutes.  

Transfer /assignments for tax deed applications must be submitted before the 10th of the previous month to allow for processing and update(s) to monthly reports.

The Applicant is not guaranteed title to the property. This will be determined by the Tax Deed Section of the Miami-Dade Clerk of the Court upon completion of the tax deed foreclosure sale.


There are three standard reports produced by the Public Access Unit. 
Two reports are specific to the upcoming sale, and one report presents ongoing data:

  • Advertising file (upcoming sale certificates)
  • Delinquent file (upcoming sale certificates)
  • Delinquent file (all certificates) 

Ad hoc reports may be created depending upon time available and agreement on price.  Anyone requesting special programming should contact Public Access as soon as possible to determine a cost and delivery estimate.

Reports are typically available in three to five working days.  However, as the Tax Certificate Sale approaches, the Public Access Unit may be able to shorten the production time to as little as one working day.  To request a report, contact the Public Access Unit:

  • Requests by phone: 305-596-4357
  • Requests by fax: 305-596-8072

Each report is available on CD for a price of $120.  Master Card, Visa, or checks are accepted; no cash, please.  Payment is expected at the time of pickup, or prior to mailing.

Delivery options:

  • Reports may be picked up at our site: 5680 SW 87 Ave.
  • Delivery may be charged to the customer's Fed Ex account.
  • The Public Access Unit can arrange delivery at $20 for 2-day delivery, or $30 for priority overnight delivery
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