Any property remaining unsold at a judicial sale is placed in a repository for unsold properties. A list of these properties is maintained by the Dauphin County Tax Claim Bureau online and in the office. In order to purchase a property from the repository list a minimum bid of $500 plus fees must be presented to the Tax Claim Bureau. A bid must be presented in writing with payment to the Bureau (see Repository Guidelines/Procedures for further instruction).
The bid must be presented by the Tax Claim Bureau to the taxing bodies where the property is located for approval. The bid is first presented to the Dauphin County Commissioners for approval, if approved the bid is then presented to the School District and Municipality for review. Upon approval of the taxing bodies the Bureau shall convey the property to the purchaser, divested of all claims of whatever kind, in the same manner as if the property was sold at judicial sale.
All properties are sold under and by virtue of the Act of 1947, P.L. §1368, as amended, and known as the "Real Estate Tax Sale Law." All titles transferred by the Tax Claim Bureau are under and subject to the provisions of the Real Estate Tax Sale Law.
NO SALE SHALL BE CANCELLED AND MONEY RETURNED TO THE PURCHASER. MAKE SURE OF WHAT YOU ARE BUYING BEFORE BIDDING. CHECK ALL PARCELS AND ADDRESSES BEFORE THE SALE.