All properties are sold “AS IS” and bidders are responsible for conducting their own research as to the condition of the property and the state of the title of the property being sold. There may be encumbrances (outstanding judgments, current year’s taxes, and other liens) that survive the tax deed sale and become the responsibility of the winning bidder. YOU MUST DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH FOR EACH PROPERTY or consult with someone who can advise you legally. The Clerk’s Office makes no warranties or representation about the location or condition regarding any property, the condition of structures or fixtures, its marketability, existing or potential uses, zoning regulations or laws that may affect current or future uses of the property, outstanding or potential liens, mortgages or encumbrances or defects in title that may exist.
Files for each property scheduled for Tax Deed Sale are available for review at the Clerk of Court’s Office located at 1293 Jackson Avenue, Suite 101, Chipley, FL 32428, during normal business hours, 8:00am – 4:00pm, Monday through Friday, EXCEPT the day of the sale.
Each parcel is advertised four (4) consecutive weeks prior to sale in The Washington County News.
A non refundable deposit of 5% of the bid or $200 whichever is greater must be made, by the high bidder at the time of the sale, pursuant to Florida Statute 197.542(2). All deposits must be made via cash or certified funds. Properties for which the deposit is not immediately paid by the high bidder shall be re-offered and sold the same day, before the conclusion of the Tax Deed Sale. The high bidder must produce a photo ID when making the deposit.
Full payment by the successful bidder must be made within twenty-four (24) hours of the advertised time of sale and before any redemption occurs. Successful bidders are strongly encouraged to make payment by 2:00pm on the day of the sale in order to ensure the recording of the Tax Deed on the date of sale.
No personal checks will be accepted for the payment of bids on auctioned property. Payment must be made in cash, cashier’s check, bank draft or money order in US currency and made payable to the Clerk & Comptroller. No personal checks will be accepted for the purchase of property.
The Clerk of Court is prohibited by law from providing legal advice and/or opinions concerning the real estate properties sold at auction. When conducting a Tax Deed Sale, the clerk is merely performing its statutory function and therefore makes no representations or warranties as to the status of the title or the status of any liens on the property. If you have any legal questions regarding the bid process, title to the property, liens affecting the property, or any other matters related to the Tax Deed Sale, you should consult an attorney. In general, Tax Deed Sales are governed and administered by the clerk in accordance with Florida Statute 197.
EACH SALE IS BASED SOLELY ON THE PROPERTY DESCRIBED ON THE CURRENT TAX ROLL AND IN NO WAY INVOLVES REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES AS TO THE STATUS OF THE TITLE TO THE LAND OR ANY IMPROVEMENTS ON THE PROPERTY.
Information on Properties
No legal or real estate opinions will be given by the Clerk of Courts Office regarding the properties offered for sale. It is recommended that the properties be thoroughly researched prior to the sale. If you have any legal questions regarding title to the property, liens affecting the property or any other matters related to the Tax Deed Sale, you should consult an attorney.
After the Sale
When the entire bid amount is presented, tax deeds will be prepared and mailed out.
IN ACCORDANCE WITH FLORIDA STATUTE 197.542(2) AND THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE’S RULES AND REGULATIONS 12D-13.63(8): THE CLERK SHALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE TO RECOGNIZE THE BID OF ANY PERSON WHO HAS PREVIOUSLY BID AND REFUSED FOR WHATEVER REASON TO HONOR SUCH BID.
Tax Deed Sale Lists
Publications in PDF can only be viewed and printed using the Adobe Acrobat Reader version 4.0 or higher. The downloadable Acrobat Reader software is available at NO CHARGE from the Adobe Systems website.
Effective June 26, 2019 Tax Deed Auctions will be held ONLINE ONLY. Registration is required to participate in the auction. Registration can be completed at https://washington.realtaxdeed.com/ .