Common Delinquent Tax Questions
When will your next sale be held?
The 2023 tax sale is scheduled for December 4, 2023.
Where is it held and what time does it begin?
The Tax Sale will be held at the Walhalla Performing Arts Center, 101 E North Broad St, Walhalla, SC 29691. The sale begins after 10:00 am. All bidders must be registered to participate in the auction.
When and where do you advertise for the sale?
Property to be offered for sale will be advertised in the Seneca Journal Tribune for three consecutive weeks prior to the sale in the name of the defaulting taxpayer, defined by the South Carolina statutes as the owner of record on December thirty-first of the year preceding the taxable year.
Can you send me a list of the properties that will be available?
When available, a list of properties to be sold can be obtained from the Oconee Delinquent Tax website in electronic format, the newspaper listed above, and from the Delinquent Tax Office at 415 S. Pine Street, Walhalla, SC in hard copy format for a fee of $.25 per page.
Do I need to register for the sale and is there a fee for this?
Anyone wishing to bid must be registered. There is currently no charge to register. Pre-registration will be available in person, by mail, or on our website.
What form of payment do you accept?
All bids must be paid in full by 4:00 PM the day of the tax sale. We accept cash, postal money orders, cashier’s checks, or certified check. No personal checks are accepted. We do not accept wire transfers. Payment must be for the exact amount of the bid as no refunds will be issued.
What happens to the properties that are not sold at the auction?
The opening bid for each parcel is placed on behalf of the Forfeited Land Commission (FLC). If no other bid is received, the FLC will be considered with winning bidder. FLC bids may then be available for assignment fifteen (15) days after the tax sale date.
Can I bid without attending (via mail, or a representative)?
All parcels are sold at a live auction and no bids are accepted by mail. Representatives are allowed, but must be registered prior to bidding.
If I end up with a property, does the county handle the foreclosure process?
No. The purchaser of a property at tax sale acquires the title without warranty and buys at his own risk. Oconee County is not liable for the quality or quantity of the property sold. We issue a tax deed and the owner is responsible for any further actions to be taken.
Do you sell tax lien certificates?
No. Tax Sale parcels sold are real property. If not redeemed within the time stated by law (SECTION 12‑51‑90 including any amendments), a tax sale deed to the property will be issued to the successful bidder. Any bidders should be prepared to own the property he/ she is bidding on, along with any responsibilities thereof.