The tax sale is held once a year on the fourth Monday of August at 10:00 AM.
The next sale will take place August 27, 2018.
Interested parties can download our tax sale guidelines below. If you have any questions regarding the procedures and/or redemption of properties, please contact the Collector’s office at 816-407-3200.
2016 Tax Sale
- The last day property owners with tax liens from the 2016 tax sale have an ABSOLUTE RIGHT to redeem is August 29, 2017. Homeowners will have a continuing right to redeem after this date if the investor does not claim a deed.
- Assuming all other requirements have been met ON TIME, investors with certificates from the 2016 sale may claim a deed anytime between August 30, 2017 and February 22, 2018. On February 23, 2018, all of the investor’s rights to the property will expire, and any surplus will escheat to the school fund of the county.
2017 Tax Sale
- Subsequent taxes for properties purchased at the 2017 tax sale are due Dec. 31, 2017 and Dec. 31, 2018.
- Title searches will be performed by CivicSource, beginning March 1, 2018.
- Certified and regular mail notices to all interested parties will be mailed by CivicSource by May 31, 2018.
- The last day property owners with tax liens from the 2017 tax sale have an ABSOLUTE RIGHT to redeem is August 28, 2018. Homeowners have a continuing right to redeem after this date if the investor does not claim a deed.
- Assuming all other requirements have been met ON TIME, investors may claim a deed anytime between August 29, 2018 and February 28, 2019. On March 1, 2019, all of the investor’s rights to the property will expire, and any surplus will escheat to the school fund of the county.
- Issuance of a Collector’s deed may not extinguish the right of the cities to collect their special assessments.
- Subsequent taxes coming due AFTER the tax sale, but BEFORE an investor claims a deed, will be billed to the investor, and must be paid before they become delinquent on December 31. If they are not paid, the purchaser forfeits all liens on such lands so purchased. (RSMo 140.440) Mail payments in the envelope provided, and send all correspondence to Clay County Collector Attn: Tax Sale Processing, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to notify the Collector’s office if your address changes.
- CivicSource will perform all statutorily required due diligence on behalf of tax sale investors. A fee was already collected at the time of sale to pay for MOST of this process. If a property redeems before due diligence costs are incurred, the investor will receive a refund of any portion of the fee that was paid but not used.
- In Missouri, title companies require a “quieted title” before issuing a title policy to the land. See RSMo 140.410. Investors will be contacted by CivicSource concerning additional due diligence options. CivicSource has the ability to provide purchasers with insured title rather than a simple Collector’s deed, if the investor opts to purchase additional due diligence services.
- If an investor opts to receive a simple Collector’s deed at the end of the redemption period, he or she will need to pay $27 to record the deed, and reimburse the Collector for any additional due diligence expenses. These fees should be minimal.
- Investors will be able to monitor each step of due diligence at civicsource.com. Before a Collector’s deed will issue, investors must co-sign an affidavit indicating their acceptance of the due diligence performed by CivicSource, and stating that they have no actual knowledge of any reason why a Collector’s deed should not issue.
Please note that Missouri law does not provide a category entitled “unclaimed surplus” or “excess proceeds” with regard to the tax sale. All surplus funds are held in trust for the party that will eventually be legally entitled to them. For 18 months following the sale, the funds are held for either the investor or the homeowner, depending on the final status of the property. After the expiration of 18 months, the funds escheat to the school fund of the county. Any party that is legally entitled to surplus funds should contact our offce to get very simple paperwork. We can answer your questions and we are committed to paying the surplus to the legally entitled person. There is no need for a homeowner claiming surplus to use an outside entity or hire an attorney to claim their surplus. To protect our homeowners, we will not assist third parties that are attempting to claim surplus on behalf of someone that is already legally entitled to it. We also do not maintain an “unclaimed surplus” list of any kind.
- 2017 Tax Sale Guidelines
- Tax Sale Registration Affidavit
- Tax Sale Registration Affidavit – Out of State Bidders
- Tax Sale Registration, Out of State – EXHIBIT A (Resident Agent)
- List of properties sold at the 2017 Tax Sale
- List of properties sold at the 2016 Tax Sale
- List of properties sold at the 2015 Tax Sale
- List of properties sold at the 2014 Tax Sale
Once a property has been offered at tax sale 3 or more times without selling, the Collector is able to sell the property “over the counter” for a compromised amount. Purchasers must still qualify as tax sale participants under RSMO 140. The list of properties is available here. Bids will be accepted beginning September 8, 2017, and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis, assuming the bidder qualifies under Missouri law. If you have not previously registered to bid with Clay County, complete a registration form here. Place your bid using this form.
Once your bid is accepted, and you are qualified to bid under RSMO 140, CivicSource will begin a 90 day due diligence period during which they will perform a title search and send out certified and regular mail. A deposit of $400 will be required at the time your bid is accepted. This fee is NON-REFUNDABLE, but it will be added to the tax bill and reimbursed to you if anyone comes forward to redeem. Record owners and those with legal interest that have received notice of prior sales no longer have a right to redeem. But if a new party is discovered that has not previously been given notice, that new party will have 90 days to redeem. The Collector’s office will also post one more time on the subject property. Approximately 120 days after you are notified that you are the highest qualified bidder, you will submit payment of the balance of your bid, and the office of Collector will issue a deed, assuming no new parties have come forward to redeem. The office of Collector will continue to accept back up bids on properties during the due diligence period, in case the original bidder does not follow through with payment and claim a deed.