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Tax Claim Bureau Sales

The following conditions shall govern the sale of repository properties.
  1. All persons desiring to bid on any property offered for sale are required to make their bid in writing to the Lehigh County Tax Claim Bureau, 17 South Seventh Street, Allentown, Pennsylvania 18101-2400.
  2. Forward a check (personal acceptable) along with your bid, made payable to the County of Lehigh. The total amount of the check should include the bid price, plus 2% transfer tax, plus $75.50 for recording the deed (i.e. a check for $1,000 bid would be a total of $1,093.50).
  3. All properties are sold pursuant to the Act of July 7, 1947, Public Law 1368, No. 542, as amended, known as the Real Estate Tax Sale Law.
  4. The minimum bid is $1,000.00 (One Thousand Dollars) on properties having an appraised value of $1,000 (One Thousand Dollars) or more.

  5. The minimum bid is $400.00 (Four Hundred Dollars) on properties having an appraised value of less that $1,000.00 (One Thousand Dollars.)
  6. All sales are subject to the approval of the Lehigh County Director of Administration. The Director of Administration reserves the right to accept a bid less than stated in Condition #3, from abutting taxpayers or the governmental jurisdiction in which the property is located. All sales are also subject to the written consent of each taxing district where the property is located.
  7. The Tax Claim Bureau will issue a deed to the purchaser, which deed will not contain any warranty either general or special and which deed is to be recorded immediately before delivery to the purchaser, at the cost of the purchaser.
  8. In addition to the bid price as above stated, the successful bidder shall pay to the Tax Claim Bureau the costs of recording the deed, as established by the Recorder of Deeds in and for Lehigh County, Pennsylvania and the applicable transfer taxes, pursuant to Pennsylvania Department of Revenue rules and regulations.
  9. In addition, the successful bidder shall provide the Bureau with the appropriate owner’s name and address to be certified on the deed for the use of the Bureau, the Recorder of Deeds Office, and the Assessment Office.
  10. All properties sold are subject to entry fees, imposed by the Clerk of Courts, Civil Division in addition to Recording Costs, Transfer Taxes, etc. aforesaid.
  11. All properties are sold as described on the dockets of the Lehigh County Tax Claim Bureau. The Bureau makes no representation or warranty as to the description, nor will it make survey on a property sold. The rule of Caveat Emptor (buyer beware) applies. (See 72 P.S. 5931).

Lehigh County Tax Claim Bureau

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