Ohio (OH) Tax Lien and Tax Deed Sales

Sales Types: Tax Lien and Tax Deeds
Interest Rate of Return: 18%
Bidding Methods: Premium Bid, Bulk Bid
Redemption Period: 1 Year
Sale Dates: Deeds all year around, Liens annually
State Statute(s): Title 57 CH 5721, 5723
Over-the-Counter: No
Ohio State’s Website: www.ohio.gov

Ohio State Overview

Ohio is a hybrid state because some counties hold tax lien sales, and many others hold tax deed foreclosure auctions. Counties with a high enough population are ‘allowed’ to sell tax lien certificates, while the remainder of counties are limited to tax deeds. Bulk tax lien certificate auctions in Ohio happen once a year.

Starting bid of tax deed properties will be at least two thirds of the property value. Still a great deal, of course with tax sales we can be picky when we want to, right?

The tax deed foreclosure auctions in Ohio counties are lumped in with the sheriff sales.  It is not uncommon to see sheriff sales happening every week in many of the deed counties of Ohio. Many of these sheriff sales will include at least a few tax foreclosure properties mingled in with all the other mortgage foreclosure properties. Some lists specify which properties belong to which group, some lists don’t.

Look for lien certificate auctions in Franklin County (Columbus), Cuyahoga County (Cleveland), and Hamilton County (Cincinnati).

Ohio is unique in that it offers both tax lien certificates and tax deeds. For tax lien certificates, investors can get yields as high as 18% per annum with a one year right of redemption. Tax Deeds are sold to the bidder with the highest bid.

  • Tax Sale Type: Tax Deed Sale (Sec. 5721.19) and Tax Lien Certificates (see notes) (Sec. 5721.31).
  • Contact: The County Treasurer. (Sec. 5721.31).
  • Interest Rate and/or Penalty Rate: 18% per annum (for tax lien certificates). (Sec. 5721.32 (C)).
  • Bid Procedure: Premium bid / highest bid (tax deeds). (Sec. 5721.19). Bid down interest rate (tax lien certificates). (Sec. 5721.32 (C)).
  • Redemption Period: One (1) year. (Sec. 5721.37 (A)(1)).
  • Law: Ohio Revised Code, Title 57, Chapter 5721, “Delinquent Lands,” and Chapter 5723, “Forfeited Lands.”
  • Tax Lien Certificate Sales: According to (Sec. 5721.31) ‘Counties having a population of at least 200,000, may collect delinquent taxes by selling tax lien certificates at public auction‘.
State County Contact Info
OH Adams
OH Allen www.co.allen.oh.us/tre/index.html
OH Ashland www.ashlandcounty.org/
OH Ashtabula
OH Athens www.seorf.ohiou.edu/athens_county.html
OH Auglaize
OH Belmont www.belmontcountyohio.org/county_depts.htm
OH Brown
OH Butler www.butlercountyohio.org/
OH Carroll pages.eohio.net/carrcomm/
OH Champaign www.co.champaign.oh.us/treasurer/
OH Clark
OH Clermont www.co.clermont.oh.us/
OH Clinton
OH Columbiana
OH Coshocton www.co.coshocton.oh.us/
OH Crawford
OH Cuyahoga www.cuyahoga.oh.us/sheriff/information/civil.htm
OH Darke
OH Defiance
OH Delaware www.delawarecountysheriff.com/
OH Erie www.erie-county-ohio.net/electoffic/electoffic.htm
OH Fairfield www.co.fairfield.oh.us/TREASURER/index.htm
OH Fayette www.fayette-co-oh.com/
OH Franklin www.co.franklin.oh.us/
OH Fulton www.fultoncountyoh.com/
OH Gallia
OH Geauga
OH Greene www.co.greene.oh.us/treasurer.htm
OH Guernsey
OH Hamilton www.hamilton-co.org/treasurer/default.asp?NavBar=1
OH Hancock www.co.hancock.oh.us/
OH Hardin
OH Harrison
OH Henry
OH Highland
OH Hocking www.co.hocking.oh.us/
OH Holmes www.holmescounty.com/gov/
OH Huron www.hccommissioners.com/homepage.htm
OH Jackson
OH Jefferson
OH Knox www.knoxcountyohio.org/
OH Lake www.lakecountyohio.org/home.htm
OH Lawrence www.db.k12.oh.us/community/lcc_1.htm
OH Licking www.lcounty.com/treasurer/delinquent_tax_dept.php
OH Logan www.co.logan.oh.us/Treasurer/index.html
OH Lorain www.loraincounty.com/auditor/index.shtml
OH Lucas www.raytkest.com/SheriffSale.htm
OH Madison www.madisonsheriff.org/
OH Mahoning mahoningcountygov.com/dept_sherrif.htm
OH Marion www.mariononline.com/county/
OH Medina www.medinacountyauditor.org/sheriff.htm
OH Meigs
OH Mercer www.mercercountyohio.org/
OH Miami www.co.miami.oh.us/mcounty.nsf/All/Elected+Officials
OH Monroe
OH Montgomery www.co.montgomery.oh.us/Sheriff/Dispatch_Records/Real_Estate.html
OH Morgan
OH Morrow
OH Muskingum
OH Noble
OH Ottawa www.co.ottawa.oh.us/OCHome/OCFrameset.htm
OH Paulding
OH Perry
OH Pickaway
OH Pike
OH Portage www.portageworkforce.org/portagecountydirectory/
OH Preble
OH Putnam
OH Richland
OH Ross www.rosssheriff.com/
OH Sandusky www.sandusky-county.org/
OH Scioto www.sciotocountyohio.com/open.htm
OH Seneca
OH Shelby
OH Stark www.co.stark.oh.us/
OH Summit www.co.summit.oh.us/index.htm
OH Trumbull http://www.co.trumbull.oh.us/
OH Tuscarawas
OH Union www.co.union.oh.us/index.html
OH Van Wert
OH Vinton
OH Warren www.co.warren.oh.us/
OH Washington www.washingtongov.org/
OH Wayne www.wooster-wayne.com/county/
OH Williams www.sheriffword.com/
OH Wood
OH Wyandot www.co.wyandot.oh.us/


States that offer Over-the-Counter Tax Lien Certificates