Riverside County California Tax Sale

Currently Riverside County California does not sell tax lien certificates. Riverside County sells tax deed properties at the Riverside County tax sale auction which is held annually during the month of April each year.

Riverside County relies on the revenue generated from real estate property taxes to fund daily services. Unpaid real estate taxes creates a serious cash-flow problem for Riverside County.

The sale of tax deed properties at the Riverside County tax sale auction generates the revenue Riverside County needs to continue to fund important government services like police protection, public schooling, and emergency medical services.

When you buy Riverside County tax deed properties you are helping the community. The money you pay to purchase these tax deed properties generates the much needed revenue Riverside County needs to pay for essential public services.

The first half of real estate property taxes are due on November 1 and are delinquent after December 10th of each year. The second half of real estate property taxes are due on February 1 of the following year and are delinquent after April 10th of that year.

On or before June 8th, the Riverside County tax collector will post a notice of impending default for failure to pay property taxes on real estate for which taxes have not been paid in full by the close of business on June 30th.

At 12:01 a.m. on July 1st, the taxes, assessments, penalties,and costs on real property which have not been paid shall by operation of law be declared in default.

On or before September 8th, the Riverside County tax collector will publish in a newspaper of general circulation an affidavit stating that real estate on which the taxes, assessments, penalties, and costs have not been fully paid are in default.

After the property has become tax defaulted, five years or more, or three years or more in the case of nonresidential commercial property, the Riverside County tax collector shall have the power to sell and shall attempt to sell all or any portion of tax-defaulted property that has not been redeemed.

Tax Sale List

Approximately 21 days prior to the date of the Riverside County tax sale the Riverside County tax collector will publish the notice of intended sale once a week for three successive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation published in the city of Riverside and in a newspaper of general circulation published in the judicial district of Riverside County.

The Riverside County tax sale list will include the following:

  • The date, time, and place of the intended tax sale, including the web address if the tax sale is a public Internet auction.
  • The locations of computer workstations that are available to the public and instructions on accessing the public auction and submitting bids if the intended sale is conducted via the Internet or other electronic media.
  • A description of the property to be sold.
  • The name of the last assessee of the property.
  • The minimum acceptable bid of the property to be sold.
  • A statement that if the property is not redeemed before the close of business on the last business day prior to the date of the sale, the right of redemption will cease.
  • A statement that if the property is sold, parties of interest, as defined in Section 4675, have the right to file a claim with the county for any proceeds from the sale which are in excess of the liens and costs required to be paid from the proceeds.
  • A statement that if excess proceeds result from the sale, notice will be given to parties of interest, pursuant to law.
  • A statement that if the parcel remains unsold after the tax sale, the date, time, and location of any subsequent sale.
  • If applicable, that a deposit is required as a condition to submit bids on the property.
  • If applicable, a statement that, for any property purchased by a credit transaction, the right of redemption will revive if full payment is not received by the tax collector prior to the close of business on the date, as specified by the tax collector under Section 3693.1, that full payment is due.

You can obtain a copy of the Riverside County tax sale list from the Riverside County tax collector. In addition, a digital copy of the tax sale list may also be available for immediate download on the Riverside County tax collector's website.

Tax Sale Registration

Anyone wishing to bid must register before the Riverside County California tax sale. Contact the Riverside County California Tax Collector for registration instructions and requirements. Generally, there is no charge for registration.

While there is no charge to register prospective bidders may be required to post a deposit preceding the Riverside County tax sale.

Registration requirements specify that bidders must supply the Riverside County California Tax Collector's office with a completed Bidder's Card, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification (IRS Form W-9 or W-8BEN).

Upon successfully meeting the registration requirements the Riverside County Tax Collector's office will assign each bidder a number to identify each bidder when purchasing tax deed properties from Riverside County.

Currently, the Riverside County Tax Collector's office require's each bidder to place a deposit of $5,000. In addition, the Riverside County Tax Collector's office advises bidders to arrange for their deposits early to make sure they are eligible to bid. Furthermore, the Riverside County Tax Collector's office will not be registering bidders nor accepting bids and all questions will be directed to the county tax sale auction website.

Tax Sale Time and Location

The Riverside County California tax sale in an online tax sale auction and is held annually during the month of April. Contact the Riverside County Tax Collector's Office to verify the time and location of the Riverside County tax sale.

In accordance with California law the Riverside County Tax Collector will commence the public auction of properties for which the taxes, interest, and fees have not been paid and continue's from day to day until each property is sold to satisfy the taxes, interest, costs, and charges.

Tax Sale Bidding Process

In accordance with California law the Riverside County Tax Collector must sell tax delinquent properties to the highest bidder at the public tax sale auction.

Currently, the Riverside County Tax Collector utilizes a Premium Bid Method to auction tax delinquent properties.

Premium Bid Method: In a public oral bid tax sale where Riverside County California is utilizing the Premium Bid Method the winning bidder at the Riverside County California tax sale is the bidder who pays the largest amount in excess of the delinquent taxes, delinquent interest, and fees. The excess amount shall be credited to the county general fund.

Tax Sale Payment

Payment is due on or before the close of the tax sale auction. The deposit shall be applied toward the purchase price of the property. Failure on the part of the successful bidder to consummate the sale on or before the close of the tax sale auction shall result in the forfeiture of the deposit and all rights he or she may have with respect to that property. Upon forfeiture the right of redemption shall revive.

Unsold properties that receive no bids and remaining unsold may be re-offered within a 90-day period.

Tax Deed

On receiving the full purchase price, the Riverside County Tax Collector shall, without charge, execute a deed to the purchaser.

Upon execution the Riverside County Tax Collector shall immediately record the deed with the county recorder and pay the recording fees. Recording of the deed shall constitute delivery thereof to the grantee named in the deed.

The deed conveys title to the purchaser free of all encumbrances of any kind existing before the sale, except for any special assessments, easements (which always run with any property upon conveyance), and possibly an IRS lien. In most cases, none of these items is present, so the property may be acquired for as little as the back taxes (bidding permit).

According to California law the former owner or any lien holder has one year from the date of receiving notice of the tax sale or the date when the tax deed was recorded, whichever is later, to challenge the validity of the tax sale. It may not be possible to obtain a guaranty of clear title from a title company in addition title companies may not issue their policy of title insurance on property that was purchased through a tax sale, unless a quiet title action has been successfully pursued in the courts, or quit claim deeds are acquired from the former owner and every lien holder.

Tax Sale Warnings and Pitfalls

While it is possible to obtain real estate for a fraction of its market value with Riverside County tax sale properties it is important to keep in mind it is also possible to incur a substantial loss. Buyer beware, Riverside County auctions all types of properties at the Riverside County tax sale auction including residential, retail, agricultural, condemned, waste, vacant, industrial and the like.

As with all investments, there is always an element of risk. Even though the tax sale process is written into California law, and is regulated by California law, there is a chance of losing part or all of your investment. You must always try to get the best education and practice safe investing, no matter which investment vehicle you choose.

The City Planning and Zoning Department (for properties within a city boundary) where the property is located and the Riverside County Department of Planning and Community Development (for properties not within a city boundary) can help you determine what use you can make of a tax sale property before you purchase it.

Examine the Riverside County Recorder's records for any recorded easements on a property. The Riverside County Recorder can help you determine what liens (if any) may be associated with the property.

You can determine the general geographic location of tax sale properties by using the Riverside County Assessor plat maps which are available from the Riverside County Assessor's Office.

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Cities located in Riverside County California

The following is a list of cities and towns located in Riverside County California.

Tax Deeds for properties located in the following cities are sold at the Riverside County California tax sale.

Town/City:  Population: 
100 Palms, CA  17,336
1000 Palms, CA  6,306
Aguanga, CA  2,242
Anza, CA  3,773
Arlington, CA  71,714
Banning, CA  25,751
Barona Rancheria, CA  24,774
Beaumont, CA  17,577
Bermuda Dunes, CA  2,661
Blythe, CA  24,666
Box Springs, CA  48,508
Cabazon, CA  3,345
Calimesa, CA  7,555
Canyon Crest, CA  48,508
Canyon Lake, CA  13,351
Casa Blanca, CA  46,045
Cathedral City, CA  43,093
Cathedral Cty, CA  43,093
Cherry Valley, CA  17,577
Chiriaco Smt, CA  56,543
Chiriaco Summit, CA  56,543
Coachella, CA  22,785
Corona, CA  157,590
Desert Center, CA  988
Desert Edge, CA  5,674
Desert Hot Springs, CA  28,447
Desert Shores, CA  17,336
Dsrt Hot Spgs, CA  28,447
Eagle Mountain, CA  988
Eagle Mtn, CA  988
Gilman Hot Springs, CA  21,735
Glmn Hot Spgs, CA  21,735
Hemet, CA  94,408
Holcomb Village, CA  2,242
Homeland, CA  4,111
Idyllwild, CA  3,635
Indian Wells, CA  3,814
Indio, CA  59,204
Jurupa, CA  64,016
La Quinta, CA  23,931
La Sierra, CA  38,534
Lake Elsinore, CA  43,027
Lakeview, CA  7,229
Lk Elsinore, CA  43,027
March Air Reserve Base, CA  938
March Arb, CA  938
Mecca, CA  8,537
Menifee, CA  54,356
Mesa Verde, CA  24,666
Mira Loma, CA  19,075
Moreno Valley, CA  143,382
Mountain Center, CA  1,553
Mountain Ctr, CA  1,553
Murrieta, CA  54,648
Murrieta Hot Springs, CA  54,648
N Palm Spgs, CA  616
N Palm Springs, CA  616
No Palm Springs, CA  616
Norco, CA  22,072
North Palm Springs, CA  616
North Shore, CA  8,537
Nuevo, CA  7,229
One Hundred Palms, CA  17,336
Palm Desert, CA  52,806
Palm Springs, CA  43,796
Palm Springs Municipal Airpo, CA  24,774
Perris, CA  63,088
Pinyon Pines, CA  1,553
Quail Valley, CA  13,351
Rancho Belago, CA  12,632
Rancho California, CA  74,898
Rancho Mirage, CA  12,392
Ripley, CA  24,666
Riverside, CA  348,570
Romoland, CA  8,404
Rubidoux, CA  64,016
San Jacinto, CA  25,978
Sandy Korner, CA  17,336
Sky Valley, CA  5,674
Smoke Tree, CA  24,774
Sun City, CA  54,356
Temecula, CA  74,898
Thermal, CA  17,336
Thousand Palms, CA  6,306
Thousand Plms, CA  6,306
Torres Martinez Indian Reser, CA  17,336
Valerie, CA  17,336
Vista Santa Rosa, CA  17,336
Whitewater, CA  903
Wildomar, CA  19,140
Winchester, CA  3,983
Woodcrest, CA  46,045

Counties located in California

The following is a list of counties located in the state of California.

Tax Deeds for properties located in the following counties are sold at California county tax sales.

Learn more about each county's individual tax sale process by clicking on the name of the county for which you are interested from the list below:

County / Municipality:  Population: 
Alameda County, CA  1,443,741
Alpine County, CA  1,208
Amador County, CA  35,100
Butte County, CA  203,171
Calaveras County, CA  40,554
Colusa County, CA  18,804
Contra Costa County, CA  948,816
Del Norte County, CA  27,507
El Dorado County, CA  156,299
Fresno County, CA  799,407
Glenn County, CA  26,453
Humboldt County, CA  126,518
Imperial County, CA  142,361
Inyo County, CA  17,945
Kern County, CA  661,645
Kings County, CA  129,461
Lake County, CA  58,309
Lassen County, CA  33,828
Los Angeles County, CA  9,519,338
Madera County, CA  123,109
Marin County, CA  247,289
Mariposa County, CA  17,130
Mendocino County, CA  86,265
Merced County, CA  210,554
Modoc County, CA  9,449
Mono County, CA  12,853
Monterey County, CA  401,762
Napa County, CA  124,279
Nevada County, CA  92,033
Orange County, CA  2,846,289
Placer County, CA  248,399
Plumas County, CA  20,824
Riverside County, CA  1,545,387
Sacramento County, CA  1,223,499
San Benito County, CA  53,234
San Bernardino County, CA  1,709,434
San Diego County, CA  2,813,833
San Francisco County, CA  776,733
San Joaquin County, CA  563,598
San Luis Obispo County, CA  246,681
San Mateo County, CA  707,161
Santa Barbara County, CA  399,347
Santa Clara County, CA  1,682,585
Santa Cruz County, CA  255,602
Shasta County, CA  163,256
Sierra County, CA  3,555
Siskiyou County, CA  44,301
Solano County, CA  394,542
Sonoma County, CA  458,614
Stanislaus County, CA  446,997
Sutter County, CA  78,930
Tehama County, CA  56,039
Trinity County, CA  13,022
Tulare County, CA  368,021
Tuolumne County, CA  54,501
Ventura County, CA  753,197
Yolo County, CA  168,660
Yuba County, CA  60,219


Riverside County, CA

4080 Lemon St
Riverside CA 92501
(951) 955-3900

County Website:View County Website
Auction Website:View Auction Website
Tax Sale Date:April
Tax Sale List:Get Tax Sale List
OTC Sale List:Get OTC Tax Sale List
Parcel Search:View Property Records
Public Records:View County Records
Tax Sale Type:Tax Deeds
Interest Rate:None
Penalty Rate:Not Applicable
Bid Procedure:Premium Bid
Sale Contact:County Tax Collector
State Statutes:View State Statutes
County Map:View County Map

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