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Tax Deed Auction Frequently Asked Questions

Las Vegas Tax Deed Auction FAQ's

Why does a property go into the name of Trustee Clark County Treasurer?

Per NRS 361.585 & NRS 361.590, property which is delinquent three consecutive fiscal years is deeded into the name of Clark County Treasurer as trustee for the state and county. Once property is placed in the name of the County Treasurer as Trustee, the property is subject to be auctioned for non-payment of taxes.

If I pay the taxes will the property transfer to my name?

No, if you are not the owner you must bid for the property through auction.

When are the Clark County Treasurer Trustee auctions held?

The Treasurer's Office conducts at least one tax auction per year, usually in Spring. The date, time and location of the auction will be available in February. Additionally, there may also be an auction held in the Fall. The information is available on our website or by calling our office.

Which properties will be sold at auction?

The list of properties to be auctioned will be published in a local newspaper at least once a week for 4 consecutive weeks prior to the auction. This list will also be available on the internet or at the Treasurer's Office. Properties may be removed from the list prior to the auction.

How do I get information on the properties to be auctioned?

The County Assessor's Office will have maps and record information on all properties to be sold. This information may be viewed at their office or may be purchased for a fee. You may search the County Recorder's records for any recorded documentation you deem relevant. Both of these offices are located within the County Government Center located at 500 S. Grand Central Pkwy. You may also want to contact the various county or city zoning/planning departments.

Should I investigate before I bid?

It is the responsibility of prospective purchasers to do their own research, prior to the auction. All properties are sold AS IS and all sales are final. The County makes no representations, guarantees or warranties regarding the physical condition or stability of any of the parcels being auctioned, the existence of hazardous materials on or under the surface of the parcels, the suitability of the property for the bidders' purposes or for any other purpose. The properties are being conveyed subject to existing covenants, conditions, restrictions, reservations, rights-of-ways, easements and any other possible encumbrances. The county is making no representations, guarantees or warranties regarding any liens or encumbrances that currently exist or may exist in the future on any parcels. It is your responsibility to perform due diligence on all parcels and make any independent investigation you deem necessary. The County's sole purpose for the sale is to recover the delinquent taxes.

Are all liens cleared as a result of the auction?

Not all liens are satisfied by a tax auction. Some liens and other encumbrances may remain.

What is the minimum bid?

The minimum bid will vary for each property to be auctioned. The minimum bid consists of all delinquent taxes, penalties, interest and costs legally chargeable against the property. The amount may also include liens to delinquent sanitation/reclamation, sewer, special improvement districts assessments, nuisance abatements and other like related charges.

Must I be present to bid?

Only the registered bidder may bid on properties offered. The bidder must display their bidder card to bid. Each parcel will be offered separately and in the order appearing in the published list. The auctioneer will read the parcel number and minimum bid before auctioning each parcel. The bidding increments will vary.

Only registered bidders may be allowed in the Commission Chambers for the auction. There are monitors in the hallway outside the chambers for viewing.

Each parcel will be awarded to the highest bidder. An oral bid received at a public auction is legal and binding contract to purchase. Sealed bids are not accepted.

When is payment required?

Payment in full must be made at the Treasurer's Office by 4:00 p.m. on the day of the auction. Payment must be in the form of cash, cashier's check or money order made payable to the Clark County Treasurer.

How do I register for the auction?

Registration will be limited to 280 bidders. There is a registration fee of $1,000.00 per bidder in order to participate in the auction. This fee will be applied to the purchase of the successful bidder. If you are not a successful bidder, the fee will be refunded in approximately 4-5 weeks. Should the successful bidder default on a purchase, the registration fee will be forfeited and banned from future auctions.

What type of document is issued when the sale is completed?

A quitclaim deed will be prepared using the information on the bidder registration form. The Treasurer's Office will record the deed to the property within 30 days of the auction date.

Is there a redemption period?

There is no redemption period on property acquired through the tax auction. There is a two year period in which the previous owner may protest the sale. During this period you may not be able to receive title insurance. You should contact a title company for more information regarding issuance of title insurance.

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