Delinquent Land Tax Sale Overview

The Court Administrator for the 16th Circuit Court is responsible for conducting the sale of properties that have a judgment of foreclosure for unpaid delinquent taxes for three or more years.  The following is an overview of the Delinquent Land Tax sale process, and will include links on our website to provide more specific information, such as, bidder registration and a link to the Jackson County Collections Department, which has additional information, such as, a page on Tax Sale Property and Buying Tax Foreclosure Property on the Courthouse Steps.

Delinquent Taxes:

If a real estate parcel has a delinquent tax that is 3 years old, that property faces a foreclosure sale to recover back taxes. Jackson County may file a lawsuit seeking a judgment of foreclosure for unpaid delinquent taxes. If the Court agrees with the County’s action, the Court will issue a judgment granting the foreclosure order. The property owner has several opportunities to redeem their property before it is sold in a tax sale.

First, the property owner could pay the taxes, penalties and associated suit cost in full any time prior to the sale to remove the property from the tax sale process. This payment must be made in person, by cash, or certified funds.

In the alternative, the owner of a property pending sale for delinquent taxes may enter into a payment contract to avoid the sale of their property. These contracts may be entered only after the judgment of foreclosure, and will normally require an upfront payment and installment payments thereafter, which are non-refundable. If this property owner chooses not to enter into a contract, or did enter into a contract and later defaulted on those installment payments, the property will proceed in the sale process.

Notices of Intent:

Notices are sent to the last property owner(s) on record with Jackson County and other interested parties, such as escrow companies with deeds of trust. A notice of the sale and a legal description of the properties to be offered are published in a local newspaper for 4 consecutive weeks prior to sale. A scheduled sale parcel will appear in the paper for 4 weeks even though a property owner may have paid the delinquent tax after the first week of publication.

Bidder Registration:

In order to bid on properties in the DLT sale you must register for the sale and registration must be completed no less than 10 days prior to the sale (see our link Bidder Registration).  All properties are sold by calling their legal description and are sold as is and all sales are final.  The Bidder is responsible for ensuring that they are bidding on the correct property and have done their due diligence, as they will be responsible for any potential environmental contamination, and any taxes and assessments that are not included in the judgment.  For additional information please refer to the Jackson County Collections Department link: Buying Tax Foreclosure Property on the Courthouse Steps.

In order to qualify as a Bidder for the sale you will need to complete the Bidder Registration form (Bidder Registration) and comply with the following (if applicable):

  • Obtain and present a statement with the completed Registration Form from each city in which you own property to demonstrate that you are not the owner of any parcel of real estate with two or more convictions based on violations of that municipality’s building or housing codes (see Bidder registration form for list of contact numbers for municipalities).

  • If you are an owner of real estate in Jackson County, MO that you are not affected by delinquent taxes and in compliance with RSMo 141.550.

Important Notice for Bidder Applications:
As of July 31, 2019 the KCMO Police Department will no longer be providing criminal records check. You will need to respond to the Kansas City Municipal Court at 511 E 11th st, Kansas City, MO 64106, or you can follow this link www.kcmo.gov/city-hall/departments/municipal-court/case-information-and-records for your record check to submit with your application.
Please be advised that it may take (3) days to obtain this report.
Individuals and businesses who own properties in Jackson County must demonstrate that they do not own properties affected by a tax bill which has been delinquent for more than six months and is not the owner of any parcel of real property with two or more violations of the municipality's building or housing codes.  A prospective bidder may make such demonstration by presenting statements from the appropriate collection and enforcement officials of the municipalities.
NOTE: For a business, corporation, LLC, partnership, limited partnership, trust, or real estate trust which own property in Jackson County please see our Bidder Registration information under Delinquent Land Tax Overview to determine the individual from your business who must provide this information.
 
 
 

Deposit:

Once you have been assigned a bidder number, you may put a deposit on the account prior to the sale.  If you are the winning bidder this will allow you to use the monies you deposit to pay for the property and speed up the process at the sale.  We accept cash, cashier’s check, or money order and any monies deposited that are not spent at the sale will be returned to you by check.

Publication:

The DLT sale is published in a local publication for four weeks prior to the sale.  The properties listed in the publication are listed in the order they will be called during the auction; however, some property owners may pay their taxes or enter into an agreement with the County to pay their taxes after the list is published, so some properties in the publication will be skipped during the sale as their status has changed.  The auctioneer will read the Suit number (indicated by I or K and the year, followed by the rest of the suit number), Legal description, and the Sale amount.  It is important that you listen carefully to the Suit number and Legal description to ensure you are bidding on the correct property as all sales are final.

The publication for the DLT sale can be purchased at The Daily Record, 920 Main Street, Suite 825, Kansas City, MO 64105.

DLT Sale:

The Delinquent Land Tax sale is held every year in August to auction properties that were foreclosed on the previous year due to owing back taxes for three or more years.  The DLT sale is conducted one week on the South courthouse steps at the Eastern Jackson County Courthouse, 308 W. Kansas Avenue, Independence, MO for properties generally located east of I-435 Highway and the following week in Kansas City on the North courthouse steps at the Jackson County Courthouse, 415 E. 12th Street, Kansas City, MO for properties generally located west of I-435 Highway.

Individuals who wish to bid on properties at the DLT sale must pre-register for the sale at least 10-days prior to the sale (see Bidder Registration link for further information). 

The sale begins at 10 am until noon, breaks for a 30 minute lunch, and resumes at 12:30 pm until 5 pm.  It is recommended that you bring water and a lawn chair for your comfort and to stay hydrated during the auction.

The auctioneer will read the Suit number, legal description, and opening bid for the property.  If you are bidding on a property you must be recognized by the auctioneer.  There will be spotters to assist, who will be wearing orange safety vests, so you need to ensure that the spotter and or auctioneer recognizes you as one of the bidders.  Generally speaking the auctioneer will ask the opening bid.  If you don’t hear the auctioneer follow up by saying that they have an opening bid and the amount of your bid, then your bid has not been recognized.  If your bid or someone else’s bid is recognized, the auctioneer will re-state the bid amount and ask for a higher bid until no one else bids on the property.  In this case the last person to have bid on the property will have the highest bid, and the auctioneer will ask, “I have” the amount of the highest bid, and “Do I have any other bids?”  If no one else offers a higher bid the property is considered sold and the winning bidder will go to the main table where the auctioneer is located and will show their bidder card (Note: you must have a bidder card to bid on properties as this shows that you have met the legal requirements to bid on properties in the sale).  You will be expected to pay for the property in full at that time by cash, cashier’s check, money order, or by utilizing monies deposited under your bidder registration card.  You will be provided a receipt for the property you purchased.

Note: it is your responsibility as the bidder to ensure that you are bidding on the correct parcel and that you have done your research on the property (see Jackson County Collections Department website link Buying Tax Foreclosure Property on the Courthouse Steps for more information).

Confirmation Hearings:

Confirmation hearings are generally held approximately three months after the DLT Sale and are normally held in November and December.  As part of due process the previous owner or interested party can present evidence as to why the sale should not be confirmed, so until the Judge rules on the case the bidder cannot take possession of the property.  The Judge will also ensure that no property is sold for substantially less that their true value, hear testimony regarding the variance between the winning bid and the appraised value, and the Judge may order the bidder to increase his bid by a specified amount or cancel the sale of the property.

Court Administrator’s Deed:

If the sale of the property is confirmed a Court Administrator’s Deed will be issued 30-days after the Judge has signed the Confirmation Judgment, as there is a 20-day waiting period for the appeal.  If no appeal is filed within the 20-day time frame the Court Administrator’s Deed can be issued.

Evictions:

After receiving the Court Administrator’s Deed it is determined that someone is still occupying the residence you can apply for a Writ of Possession from the Civil Process Department.  Please see the link to Eviction process for Delinquent Land Tax Property and Forms, for the Writ of Possession application, for the form and information on how to complete this process.

Excess Proceeds:

The properties sold at the DLT sale are sold to collect delinquent taxes owed to Jackson County, MO.  If the property sells for more than what is owed in taxes and fees to the County then current record owners(s) or other interested parties, such as, a lien holder may apply for those funds.  There is no charge for applying for the excess proceeds; however, there will be a hearing held to determine whether or not to award those funds. Please see our link Excess Proceeds for more information and the section on Forms, for the Application for Excess Proceeds to apply for Excess Proceeds.

Questions:

Please see our link to the Delinquent Land Tax, frequently as questions, or email DLTemail@courts.mo.gov for any other questions.