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Tax Sale Location

The sale will be held on Monday, December 9, 2019 at the Orangeburg County Law Enforcement Complex, 1520 Ellis Avenue beginning at 10:00am. If necessary, the sale will resume at 10:00am on December 10, 2019.

Bidding Procedure

All prospective bidders must be registered in order to participate in the sale. The cost of registration is $20.00 and will be collected on the day of the sale. Due to limited space, only registered bidders and one additional person will be allowed in the auction area. Pre-registration will be available November 1, 2019 – November 29, 2019. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged to avoid long lines the day of sale. You must be present to bid.

Property will be auctioned in the same order as advertised to the highest bidder and must be paid with cash, money order, certified check or personal checks with a letter of credit from your financial institution on the day of the sale. All sales are final and failure to comply will result in a $500.00 fine. Bidders that pay by cashier’s check, certified check, personal check or money orders and pay more than their bid amount will have their refund processed in ten (10) business days. The opening bid is submitted on behalf of the Forfeited Land Commission which includes the delinquent taxes, penalties, cost and the current tax year. If there is no bid, the property will be considered purchased by the Forfeited Land Commission for the amount of the taxes, penalties and costs.

Receipts will be issued in the name(s) appearing on the bidder registration form.

When a defaulting taxpayer has more than one item to be sold, as soon as sufficient funds have been accrued to cover all of the defaulting taxpayer's taxes, assessments, penalties and costs, no further items will be sold. This is to protect the defaulting taxpayer from excessive redemption penalties. The bidder, however, is only entitled to the property actually sold.

The purchase of land with a mobile home as an improvement does not include the mobile home when title is transferred. Mobile Homes are sold separately.

Property Listing & Advertising

Property to be offered for sale will be advertised in the Times and Democrat on November 17th, November 24th and December 1st. Real estate properties will be advertised for three consecutive weeks and Mobile Homes will be advertised the last two weeks before the sale.

A listing of properties being offered will also be available online at www.orangeburgcounty.org/deltax.
All properties advertised will not be sold.

Redemption of Property Sold

The defaulting taxpayer, any grantee from the owner, or any mortgage or judgment creditor has one year from the date of the sale in which to redeem the property. The cost to redeem consists of all delinquent taxes, costs, assessments, and penalties, plus applicable interest. Interest is due on the whole amount of the delinquent tax bid based on the month during the redemption period the property is redeemed according to the following schedule:

  • First three months - three percent (3%)
  • Months four, five, and six - six percent (6%)
  • Months seven, eight, and nine - nine percent (9%)
  • Last three months - twelve percent (12%)

However, in every redemption, the amount of interest due must not exceed the amount of the bid on the property submitted on behalf of the forfeited land commission.

If a mobile home is sold to a successful bidder, the defaulting taxpayer also must pay rent to the bidder at the time of redemption an amount not to exceed one-twelfth of the taxes for the last completed property tax year, exclusive of penalties, costs and interest. However, the monthly rental, when calculated as provided in this section, must not be less than ten dollars.

Once property is redeemed the bidder will be notified by mail and must return the original sale receipt to the Delinquent Tax Collector before a refund check will be issued. Refunds will be processed in ten (10) business days.

During the redemption period, successful bidders have no ownership rights to the property and have no right to enter the premises or contact the owner. Ownership rights are only transferred if the property is not redeemed and a tax title is recorded.

Voiding a Sale

If the official in charge of the tax sale discovers before a tax title has passed that there is a failure of any action required to be properly performed, the official may void the tax sale and refund the amount paid, plus interest in the amount actually earned.

Conveying Title

Upon failure of the defaulting taxpayer, grantee, mortgagee, judgment creditor or lessee of the property to redeem within the time period allowed for redemption , the Tax Collector shall as soon as possible, issue a tax deed to the successful bidder or their grantee. The tax deed is not a warranted deed, but conveys the interest held by the county to the bidder. The purchaser will be notified in writing and must pay all applicable fees prior to the deed being recorded by the Register of Mesne Conveyance (RMC). If a mobile home is not redeemed, a Bill of Sale will be issued to the successful bidder. You will have ten (10) days to respond.

If you purchase property that includes a Life Estate, the purchaser receives only the interest of the life estate tenant.

Remember these key points:

  • The tax sale is a public auction.
  • The winning bid must be paid on the day of sale with cash, cashier check, money order, or a personal check with a letter of credit from your financial institution.
  • All sales are final and failure to comply will result in a $500.00 fine.
  • Defaulting taxpayer has one year to redeem property.
  • Interest is calculated at 3%, 6%, 9% and 12% quarterly. However, the amount of interest must not exceed the amount of the bid submitted on behelf of the forfeited land commission.
  • If a sale is voided you will receive a refund of the amount paid, plus interest in the amount actually earned.
  • Ownership rights are only transferred if the property is not redeemed and a tax title is recorded.
  • A deed issued to the successful bidder is not a clear deed. Please consult with your attorney.


The purchaser of property at a tax sale acquires the title without warranty and buys at his/her own risk. The County is not liable for the quality or quantity of the property sold. This information is provided as guidance only and does not constitute legal advice of any kind. For the bidder’s own protection it is recommended that professional advice be sought if you have any legal questions pertaining to a delinquent tax sale.