Chelan County Treasurer

Foreclosure General Information

Tax Foreclosure:

When real property taxes become three years delinquent, the County Treasurer takes foreclosure action, RCW 84.64.060.  Chelan County’s auction is held in December of each year.

New for 2022!  The Chelan County Treasurer’s foreclosure auction will be held online, with Public Surplus this year.

Important Dates:
Friday, December 2, 2022 – Registration and Bid Deposit ($500) deadline, 4:00pm
Monday, December 5, 2022 – Online sale begins, 8:00am
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 – Sale closes, 2:00pm
Friday, December 9, 2022 – Payment deadline for winning bidders, 4:00 pm
Friday, December 23, 2022 – Refunds issued for deposits not applied

* In any scenario where payment is not received from a winning bidder, the property will be re-auctioned the following week, beginning on Monday 12/12/2022, closing on Wednesday 12/14/2022, with payment due by Friday 12/16/2022.


Foreclosure Process:

The Treasurer files the Certificate of Delinquency in Superior Court.  Title reports are ordered, and all parties with recorded legal interest as found in the title searches are served with notice and summons by certified mail.  The Treasurer receives a judgment from the Superior Court for foreclosure on tax liens and authorizing the sale of parcels.  The notice of tax liens and summons is published in the local newspaper, listing all parcel information.  Foreclosure costs and fees accrue during the entire process, totaling upwards of $800 in addition to the delinquent tax, interest and penalties. 

Any property in the process of foreclosure may be redeemed by their owner(s), or other parties with recorded legal interest, until the close-of-business the day prior to the sale date, by paying the entire amount due to remove it from the sale.

WARNING – A FORECLOSURE AUCTION IS A “BUYER BEWARE” SALE!

The Treasurer offers the parcels on a ‘where is’ and ‘as is’ basis.  The County makes no representation of warranty, express or implied, as to the condition of title to any property nor the physical condition of any property or its fitness for any use or purpose.

Anyone considering buying property at a Treasurers’ sale should be aware that there are risks.  When selling parcels, the county conveys the entirety of the interest which it is legally capable of transferring, unless otherwise noted.  However, the county does not guarantee or provide warranty as to the extent of that interest.  The county makes NO guarantees whatsoever on parcels sold at Treasurers’ sales.
It is important that you do research on all potential purchases prior to the day of the sale.  There are risks when buying tax foreclosure and tax-title properties.  Buying property without doing complete research can result in unwanted and costly surprises.  Even the most diligent research efforts may not uncover all unexpected problems or difficulties.


Personal Property Distraint Sales:

Personal property taxes are collected within the calendar year in which they are billed.  The tax becomes delinquent on May 1.  The treasurer should notify the taxpayer of the delinquency and that failure to pay the tax will result in distraint and sale of sufficient personal property to satisfy the lien. (RCW 84.56.070)

Posted: 01/22/2015 01:33 PM
Last Updated: 11/18/2022 02:51 PM

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  • 21
    Dec 2022
    01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Hearing Examiner - December 21, 2022

    Posted by: Community Development

    By Zoom Video Conference
  • 14
    Dec 2022
    06:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    Planning Commission - December 14, 2022

    Posted by: Community Development

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  • 10
    Dec 2022
    09:00 AM - 01:00 PM

    December Parenting Class - English Only

    Posted by: Superior Court Clerk

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  • 29
    Nov 2022
    09:30 AM - 10:30 AM

    Public Meeting: Public Canvassing Board Meetings

    Posted by: Chelan County Elections

    The Canvassing Board of Chelan County, pursuant to RCW 29A.60.160, will hold public meetings at the dates and times listed below. The meetings of the Canvassing Board are open, public meetings under the applicable provisions of chapter 42.30 RCW, and each meeting shall be continued until the activity for which the meeting is held has been completed.

    Chelan County Auditor’s Office
  • 29
    Nov 2022
    01:30 PM - 02:00 PM

    Public Meeting: Certify Election

    Posted by: Chelan County Elections

    The Canvassing Board of Chelan County, pursuant to RCW 29A.60.160, will hold public meetings at the dates and times listed below. The meetings of the Canvassing Board are open, public meetings under the applicable provisions of chapter 42.30 RCW, and each meeting shall be continued until the activity for which the meeting is held has been completed.

    Chelan County Auditor’s Office