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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 $250.00.

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 via DeedExpress. Click on the link for additional information about DeedExpress.

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.

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