Rules and regulations

Rules and regulations






Rules and Regulations


The Oakland County Land Sale is held in accordance with the General Property Tax Act, MCL 211.78m, all applicable court decisions, and these Rules and Regulations. In 1999, a law was passed that eliminated the annual tax lien sale and replaced it with an annual land sale during which the property is awarded to the highest bidder, and the starting bid is the amount of delinquent taxes, interest, fees and other assessments owed on the property, plus administrative expense.  Property is sold "as is" with no warranties either expressed or implied.  The Oakland County Treasurer has not made a visual inspection of the interior of any property, and makes no warranties as to the physical condition of the premises.  It is the responsibility of the purchaser to research the property and become informed about any issues.
This sale is open to the public
When available, information regarding the proposed properties listed for auction will appear on the Oakland County Treasurer's website listed above.  Prior to the sale, a list of the properties will be available from the Oakland County Treasurer's Office over the counter for $5.00 or through the mail for $8.00.  Listed properties may not be available at the time of the sale, as circumstances may require their removal from the sale.
The October 2013 Oakland County Land Sale will be held at Ultimate Soccer Arena, 867 South Blvd., Pontiac on October 22 and 23, 2013, with live auction beginning at 10 a.m. 
1.    Registration
Advanced on-line registration is available through Friday October 11. Additional advanced registration is available at the Oakland County Treasurer's Office beginning Monday September 30 through Monday October 21. Registration will start at 8:30 a.m. on each day.  The County Treasurer's Office will attempt to make registration available at Ultimate Soccer Arena on October 22 and 23 at 8am, but makes no guarantee that registration will be available at this time. In order to participate, a bidder must be registered and have received a pre-numbered bid card.  For an individual, a current, valid driver's license or other government issued identification is required to register. For an LLC, corporation, enterprise or business, Articles of Incorporation (showing that the company is in good standing) and personal identification are required. For a Trust, proof of Executorship and personal identification are required.  A person unable to attend may be represented by an agent or other representative.  The agent or representative at the time of registration must present a court-appointed authority and/or notarized Power of Attorney specific to real estate transactions permitting the registrant to act as the agent or representative.  The registered bidder is legally and financially responsible for all parcels bid upon, whether representing themselves or acting as an agent or representative.
2.    Properties Offered
The properties offered have been foreclosed for non-payment of delinquent real property taxes and/or special assessments.  According to state law, all prior liens are cancelled by the property tax foreclosure process and Circuit Court Order, with some exceptions.  The properties are subject to any state, county, local zoning or building ordinances.  The Oakland County Treasurer, the department, its officers, employees, and agents, do not guarantee the usability or access to any of these lands.  It is the responsibility of prospective purchasers to do their own research as to the use of the land for their intended purpose, and to make a personal inspection of the property to determine if it will be suitable for the purposes for which it is being purchased.  Further, the Oakland County Treasurer, the department, its officers, employees, and agents, make neither representation nor claim as to fitness for purpose, ingress/egress, conditions, covenants, or restrictions.  Occupied structures may not be entered without the tenant's permission.  Secured vacant structures may not be entered.
All offered properties may be subject to flooding.  New construction or reconstruction should be elevated above the 100-year flood plain.  In addition, any filling, dredging, or other permanent construction, below the ordinary high-water mark of the water body involved may be subject to the provisions of 1972 Public Act 347.  These properties may also be subject to the Goemaere-Anderson Wetland Protection Act, 1979, Public Act 203.
The starting bid for all properties offered at the October Land Sale Auction has been set in accordance with MCL 211.78m (5). No sales will be made for less than the opening bid price.  A list of all properties, including the opening bid amount, will be available on our website at or at the Treasurer's Office for $5. The day of the auction, registered bidders will receive a copy of the list of properties including the opening bid amount for each.
Any registered person, corporation, or association authorized to purchase property may bid on the properties offered. A bidder must prominently display a bidder card to bid. Any bid attempt that does not prominently display the bidder number may not be recognized. Each sale unit will be offered separately and in the order appearing on the list, and will be awarded to the individual bidding the highest price as determined by the auctioneer.  The auctioneer will read the sale unit number.  The auctioneer will then accept bids in increments he/she sets.
An oral bid accepted at public auction is a legal and binding contract to purchase (see item #5).  No sealed bids will be accepted and the Oakland County Treasurer reserves the right to reject any or all bids. 
Each sale unit number will be considered a separate purchase.  Successful bidders will be required to sign an Offer to Purchase.  Full payment for ALL parcels is required by 4:30 p.m. on the day of the auction.  Bidders who fail to consummate any purchase will forfeit all monies paid and ALL properties successfully bid upon.  Bidders will also be banned from bidding at ALL future Oakland County Treasurer's Land Sale Auctions, and will be subject to court action.  It is suggested that money orders or cashier's checks be made payable to the Oakland County Treasurer.  No purchases will be made on a payment plan basis.  Credit cards and debit cards will not be accepted.  The County Treasurer reserves the right to cancel or suspend any sale at any time.
Upon signing the Offer to Purchase for the parcel and submission of the full payment, bidders will be issued a receipt for their purchase.  Purchaser(s) will be entitled to a fee simple deed for the property subject to items #5 and #7.
A deed pursuant to Public Act 123 of 1999 conveying fee simple title and drafted with the name(s) as entered on the registration will be recorded by the Oakland County Treasurer's Office with the Oakland County Register of Deeds' Office within 30 days.  The Oakland County Treasurer will request the Register of Deeds to send the deed to purchaser upon completion.  It is purchaser's responsibility to contact the assessor and treasurer in the city, township, or village in which the property is located and file a "Property Transfer Affidavit."  Title insurance companies may or may not issue title insurance on properties purchased at this sale.  The Oakland County Treasurer makes no representation as to the availability of title insurance.   The unavailability of title insurance is not a ground for re-conveyance to the Oakland County Treasurer.  There are no refunds or returns under any circumstance. Purchaser may incur legal costs for a quiet title to satisfy the requirements of title insurance companies in order to obtain title insurance.
All bidders should contact the county, city, township, or village office, to determine if there are any special assessments for future tax years on the properties offered.  Bidders should also check for other assessments, which may include but are not limited to, County Drain, Road Commission, and other Local Government assessments, such as weed cutting, debris removal, demolition, water bills, etc.  These items may be attached to the current tax bill (see item #11). 
We recommend that the purchaser does not take physical possession of any property bid upon at this sale until the deed has been executed and delivered to the purchaser (see section #7).  No activities should be conducted on the site other than a baseline environmental assessment for contaminated properties.  However, steps should
be taken to protect your equity in this property by securing vacant structures against entry and obtaining insurance for the property.
If the property is occupied, eviction will be required at the purchaser's expense.  Additionally, buyers are responsible for contacting local units of government to prevent possible demolition of structures situated on parcels.
10.         CONDITIONS
The purchaser accepts the premises in its present "as is" condition, and releases the Oakland County Treasurer, the department, its officers, employees, and agents, from all liability whatsoever arising from any condition of the premises, whether now known or subsequently discovered, including but not limited to all claims based on environmental contamination of the premises. 
A person who acquires property that is contaminated (a "facility" pursuant to Section 20101(1)(o) of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA), 1994, P.A. 451, as amended) as a result of release(s) of a hazardous substance(s) may become liable for all costs of cleaning up the property and any other properties impacted by the release(s).  Liability may be imposed upon the person acquiring the property even in the absence of any personal responsibility for, or knowledge of, the release.  Protection from such liability may be obtained by conducting a Baseline Environmental Assessment (BEA) as provided for under Section 20126(1)(c) of NREPA.  However, the BEA must by conducted prior to or within 45 days of the earliest date of purchase or occupancy of the property.  Persons who acquire contaminated property may have "due care" obligations under Section 20107a of NREPA even if they conduct a BEA and are not liable for the contamination.
Pursuant to Part 201 of the NREPA, the person(s) responsible for an activity causing a release at the property is obligated to pursue response activities at the property.  Consequently, the non-liable purchaser may be required to provide access to a liable party to conduct response activities at the property in the future.
Section 20116 of the NREPA requires that a person who has knowledge that their property is contaminated provide a written notice to the purchaser or other person to whom the property is transferred who discloses the general nature and extent of the release.  Additional disclosure obligations may also apply at the time the property, or an interest in the property, is transferred.  Accordingly, it is recommended that a person who is interested in acquiring property through this sale contact an attorney or an environmental consultant for advice prior to the acquisition of any property that may be contaminated.
You may contact the environmental assistance center at 1-800-662-9278 for possible information regarding questions to environmental concerns on any of these properties.


11.         PROPERTY TAXES
The new owner will be responsible for the current year summer and winter taxes including any penalties, interest and fees that become due and payable since the foreclosure hearing circuit court date.
12.         FOOD OR BEVERAGES 
Food and beverages are permitted and may be available at the Ultimate Soccer Arena.  Smoking is not permitted in the building.


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