Tax Foreclosure Auctions & Environmental Auctions

Upcoming Auctions:14621 neighborhood scene November 10, 2022

Tax foreclosure commencement letters have been mailed out in anticipation of the 2022 Tax Foreclosure Auction. Resources to help avoid tax foreclosure (such as information about Tax Agreements) can be found below.

If you wish to bid on a property at an upcoming auction, please stay tuned for additional information. 

About Tax Foreclosure Auctions:

Each year, the City of Rochester's Division of Real Estate and Treasury Bureau hold an In Rem Tax Foreclosure auction. The auction typically takes place in November.  Unlike surplus auctions (on properties the City owns), In Rem Tax Foreclosure auctions are for properties where their respective owners have delinquent taxes. The starting bid is the total receivables 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 present a deposit of $5,000 at the auction 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 balances until the property is auctioned. 

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

Note: If you have delinquent property taxes, you may be eligible to apply for a Tax Agreement (Payment Plan).  To learn more about the Tax Agreement process, 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.