Tax Foreclosure Auctions & Environmental Auctions

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The 2019 Tax Foreclosure Auction is completed. The anticipated 2020 Tax Foreclosure Auction has been delayed until no sooner than February 2021. Please check back in November for updates.




If you wish to bid on a property at an upcoming auction, please print and fill out the  LINKED REGISTRATION FORM and bring it with you on the morning of the auction along with a deposit of $1,000 in cash,  certified check, or bank draft (per property that you wish to purchase).  *NOTE: There will be additional registration forms available the morning of the event. 

About Tax Foreclosure Auctions:

Each year, the City of Rochester holds a Tax Foreclosure Auction. The auction typically takes place in November.  Unlike surplus auctions (on properties the City owns), these auctions are for properties where their respective owners have not paid several years of taxes. The starting bid is the balance due to the City. 

Properties can be residential, vacant lots, parking lots, mixed use, and commercial buildings.  

There are no pre-qualification requirements (unlike the surplus auctions), but you must show up to the auction with a deposit of $1,000 and pay the remaining balance by the following week. 

The preliminary list of properties is published in a local newspaper for 4 consecutive weeks leading up to the auction. The list is subject to change until the commencement of the auction, as property owners are given the opportunity to pay their taxes right up until the property is auctioned. 

For more information on Tax Foreclosure Auctions, click here:  Tax Foreclosure FAQ

To apply for a Tax Agreement, click here: Tax Agreement Application

About Environmental Auctions:

Following the Tax Foreclosure auction, the City may hold environmental auctions for properties that have potential environmental issues that were not part of the fall tax auction:

  1. "At Lien" Environmental Auction - the starting bid is the amount of owed taxes. This sale is usually in December or January.
  2. "Below lien" Environmental Auction - for properties that did not sell at the At Lien auction above.  The starting bid is $1,000 and the sale is usually in March. 


Please check back to this page frequently for information on these auctions as it becomes available.