Tax Bureau Upset Sale Includes 129 Local Parcels

NORRISTOWN PA – A list of hundreds of tax-delinquent properties across Montgomery County, updated as recently as Thursday (Aug. 11, 2022) and including parcels within 18 western county municipalities, are scheduled to be virtually sold at public auction during September as part of the Tax Claim Bureau‘s annual upset sale.

Among properties listed for sale, here, are:

  • 12 in Lower Pottsgrove, 11 in Upper Pottsgrove, 5 in West Pottsgrove,
  • 42 in Pottstown, 3 in Douglass (Montgomery), 4 in New Hanover,
  • 20 in Limerick, 2 in Royersford,
  • 3 in Upper Hanover, 5 in Pennsburg, 1 in Red Hill,
  • 11 in Upper Providence, 2 in Collegeville, 2 in Lower Frederick, 1 in Perkiomen, 1 in Skippack, 2 in Upper Salford, 1 in Lower Salford, and 1 in Upper Frederick.

The sale is intended as a means to collect property taxes levied during 2020, as well as any other earlier real estate taxes, prior liens, municipal claims, and all costs that may be associated with them.

If owners choose, and can afford to, make an agreement with the county bureau to repay the amounts due, it can remove properties from the sale list. Several properties have already been taken off. But the bureau notes agreements must be in place by no later than Sept. 21, and agreements may be unavailable to owners who have defaulted on similar arrangements within the past three years.

Some relief may be available to property owners facing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The bureau recommended they see the Pennsylvania Homeowner Assistance Fund website, here, “for more information regarding financial assistance for homeowners to help address delinquencies and to avoid default, foreclosure or displacement for qualified mortgage and housing-related expenses.”

The bureau emphasizes that sales are final after they close, so the properties will no longer be available for redemption by the original owners.

It also warns potential buyers to beware. It “strongly” urges prospective purchasers to examine “title to any property in which they may be interested.” Because it’s selling only the taxable interest in the property, the bureau sale is made “without representation, guarantee or warranty whatsoever, either as to structure or lack of structure upon the land, the liens, title” or any other matters.

Buyers also must certify they meet or fulfill duties in a list of seven different criteria that is also part of the sale list.

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