Housing Complex

Auction Back On for Properties With Delinquent Tax Payments

The D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) announced this morning that its annual auction of properties with delinquent tax payments has been rescheduled for next week.

The auction was supposed to happen back in September, but it was canceled after a Chicago-based company sued to force the city to put every property with delinquent taxes on the auction block, according to the Washington Examiner. Previously, the District did not include properties with less than $1,200 owed.

OTR did not comment on the outcome of that lawsuit in their announcement, OTR's David Umansky called in this morning to say that the $1,200 limitation is still in place. "The city is not in the business of putting people out of their homes," he says, and when all is said and done "the amount of revenue that the city gets from those sales is minuscule."

Nonetheless, there are literally 23 pages of properties, both commercial and residential,  up for auction–so plenty to choose from. But I guess that shouldn't be too surprising considering the year we've had.

OTR's website has a list of which properties will be sold on which days. Prospective buyers who registered for the September tax sale won't need to go through the process again, and new purchasers can also register before next week's sale.

The auction has been rescheduled for November 30- December 2. It runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. November 30 thru December 2; at 941 North Capitol Street, NE, 4th Floor, Training Room A, Washington, DC 20002.

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