Oconee County Delinquent Tax
Frequently Asked Questions
By state law, the sale must start on the first Monday of a month and is usually held the first monday in October. The 2012 Tax Sale will be held October 1, 2012.
It is held at the Oconee County Administration Building in the County Council Chamber, 415 S. Pine Street, Walhalla. All bidders must be registered to participate in the auction. The sale begins promptly at 10:00 AM.
Property to be offered for sale will be advertised in the Seneca Journal Tribune, Keowee Courier, and The Westminster News for three consecutive weeks prior to the sale in the name of the defaulting taxpayer, defined by the South Carolina statutes as the owner of record on December thirty-first of the year preceding the taxable year.
A list of properties to be sold can be obtained from the Oconee Delinquent Tax website in electronic format, the three newspapers listed above, and from the Delinquent Tax Office at 415 S. Pine Street, Walhalla, SC in hard copy format for a fee of $.50 per page.
Anyone wishing to bid must be registered. There is currently no charge to register. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged and will be available in person, by mail, or on our website beginning September 1st. Registration tables will also be available the day of the tax sale.
All bids must be paid in full by 4:30 PM the day of the tax sale. We accept cash, postal money orders, cashier's check, or certified check. No personal checks are accepted. Payment must be for the exact amount of the bid as no refunds will be issued.
The opening bid for each parcel is placed on behalf of the Forfeited Land Commission (FLC). If no other bid is received, the FLC will be considered with winning bidder. FLC bids may then be available for assignment fifteen (15) days after the tax sale date.
All parcels are sold at a live auction and no bids are accepted by mail. Representatives are allowed, but must be registered prior to bidding.
No. The purchaser of a property at tax sale acquires the title without warranty and buys at his own risk. Oconee County is not liable for the quality or quantity of the property sold. We issue a tax deed and the owner is responsible for any further actions to be taken.
No. Tax Sale parcels sold are real property. If not redeemed within one year, a tax sale deed to the property will be issued to the successful bidder. Any bidder should be prepared to own the property he/she is bidding on, along with any responsibilies thereof.