Tax Sale

2020 Property Tax Sale Auction Canceled

Updated August 27, 2020

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Mayor and Council have approved canceling the 2020 Property Tax Sale Auction this year for properties that have unpaid taxes 3 years behind. There will be no public auction in September.

This has no effect on the proceedings from the 2019 Property Tax Sale Auction.  Properties sold by auction in 2019, must still be redeemed before the redemption date or title will be transfered to the successful bidder.

The City is required under the Local Government Act to auction properties with outstanding delinquent taxes (3 years behind) each year. The City is also required to advertise in the local paper the list of the properties with outstanding delinquent taxes. Owners have up until 10:00 am on the day of the tax sale to pay the delinquent taxes to remove the property from Tax Sale.

Who can attend: Open to the Public

When:                   The last Monday in September every year

Time:                    10:00 am

Location:              Council Chambers, Maple Ridge City Hall

                               11995 Haney Place, Maple Ridge, BC

General Information

Properties potentially being offered for sale are not available for inspection prior to this sale. Please respect the privacy of the owners of the parcels.

Prospective bidders are advised that it is their responsibility to search the title of the property in advance to determine if there are any charges registered against the property.

The lowest amount (opening bid) for which a property may be sold at tax sale is the upset price equal to the total outstanding taxes owed to the municipality. The highest bidder above the upset price must be declared the purchaser.

Purchasers are advised that the City of Maple Ridge will be an active bidder at this Tax Sale. 

If there is no bid, the municipality must be declared the purchaser.

Payment of Tax Sale purchases must be by cash or certified funds and paid within two hours following the completion of Tax Sale.

After Tax Sale, owners retain rights during the redemption period including the right to possess the property; the owners have the right to remain living on the property.

Owners have a redemption period of one year from the date of the auction to redeem the property from Tax Sale. In order to redeem the property, the owner must pay all three years of taxes, fees, penalties and interest. 

Purchasers of the properties at Tax Sale are subject to tax under the Property Purchase Tax Act. This tax will be calculated on the market value of the property at the time title is transferred to the purchaser. The administrator of the Property Tax Act will bill the purchaser directly for this tax.

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