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Repository Tax Sale - Background, Procedure, & Bid Form - Last Sale


(last sale out of 3)


All materials have been prepared by the Warren County Tax Claim Bureau for general informational purposes only. The information presented is not legal advice and is not to be acted on as such. Neither the Warren County Tax Claim Bureau nor its employees are able to provide legal advice. This information may not be current and is subject to change without notice. It is intended to give prospective purchasers of tax delinquent properties some understanding of how the purchase process for Judicial Tax Sales work, and what a purchaser may expect to occur if a property is purchased.

This information is not to be construed as an exhaustive treatment of all intricacies of the tax sale law, nor should it be taken as an answer to any question, which a prospective purchaser may have. Hopefully, those who read this information will have a better idea of how the purchase process works; however, it is strongly recommended that if the reader should have any questions not sufficiently answered by the information provided, he or she should consult an attorney.


All properties sold and all title transferred is under and subject to the Act of 1947 P.L. 1368 as amended and known as the Real Estate Tax Sale Law.


A property is first placed through the Upset Tax Sale, if unsold, then goes to the Judicial Tax Sale. If unsold from the Judicial Tax Sale, the property is then placed onto the Repository List for bids. This usually occurs 30-60 days after the Judicial Sale. Bids will not be accepted unless the property is listed.


Properties sold through Repository Sale will be sold free and clear of all tax municipal liens (as long as parties in interest have been notified/served), mortgages, liens, judgements, charges and estates of whatsoever kind (except ground rents) . Searches are current only to date of the last search for the Judicial Sale the property has been exposed to.


The Tax Claim Bureau will sell the property as described on the dockets of the Tax Claim Bureau without warranty or representation as to the description, and will make no new survey on any property sold. The Bureau does not guarantee that the property for sale is actually the property sold and you are urged to locate and do a title search of the property prior to purchase. The purchase is arm’s length and Buyer Beware. All sales are final.










Distribution of Lists

  • Any one requesting a printed repository list for unsold properties may obtain one from the Bureau either at the office at a cost of $0.25/page or via the mail of $1 per copy.
  • The list is updated as necessary.
  • All lists include sale conditions and one bid form.
  • All repository bids will be processed in a timely manner at the Bureau’s discretion.
  • The repository list may be available online at https://warrencopa.com/tax-claim/


Submission of Bids

  • All bids must be on Bureau-approved forms and be completed clearly and in full. Incomplete/illegible forms will be rejected.
  • All bids must be received by the Bureau by the last day of the month.
  • Minimum bids are stated on the repository list.
  • Repository bids may be presented at the counter of the Warren County Tax Claim Bureau, 204 Fourth Ave, Warren , or, bids may be be submitted via mail.
  • Fees will be outlined by the Bureau and must be paid once approval has been received from all 3 taxing districts. If payment is not received, bidder will be banned from bidding again for a period of 3 years.
  • Fees to be Paid – Method of payment accepted for repository properties are cash or money order made payable to “Warren County Tax Claim Bureau”.
  • Fees are as follow, and subject to change: Bid amount + $25 Deed Prep Fee, $10 UPI Fee, $70.75 Recording Fee, 2% of bid for Transfer Taxes.


Multiple Bids of the Same Property

  • The highest bid will be accept by the Bureau, subject to the bidder qualifications.
  • In the event two or more bids are the highest bid but the same amount, the Bureau will accept the bid bearing the earliest time-stamp.


Payment of All Delinquent Tax

  • If before a repository deed is recorded, a payment of all delinquent tax and any applicable costs and interest due on the repository property is paid by any party and accepted by the Bureau, the repository bid will become null and void.




Processing of Bid

  • The Tax Claim Bureau will forward the bid(s) at the end of each month to the County, Township, and School for approval/or rejection.
  • If a bid is rejected by any of the taxing authorizes, a letter of rejection will be mailed to the bidder or a phone call placed. If the bidder requires further information regarding the rejection they are advised to contact the taxing authority that rejected the bid.
  • If approved by all taxing authorities, the bidder will receive notification from the Tax Claim Bureau advising that the specific bid has been approved, and the total amount due via phone.
  • The deed(s) or Bill of Sale(s) will be processed and mailed to the purchaser in a timely manner.
  • The entire Repository process takes approximately 3-6 months from date the bid is place, and may take longer due to atypical circumstances or high volume of bids.
























Please download the file to fill out the approved Repository Bid Form.