Tax deeded land sales are conducted on an as-needed basis by Maricopa County acting as the agent for the State of Arizona. These parcels have been deeded to the State of Arizona as a result of a property owner's failure to pay property taxes on the parcel. Many of these parcels are small or unusually shaped pieces of property that may not have been deeded to a property owner during the course of development of a community. In order for the State to return these parcels to the tax rolls through a tax-deeded land sale, Maricopa County must first offer the parcels at a public auction in which anyone may bid on parcels. After advertisement and a public auction where bids are received, the Board of Supervisors will convene a public meeting and may vote to sell the parcels to the highest bidder for cash. Supervisors may also vote to not accept any offers.
Any parcel that does not receive a bid during the public auction may then be offered "over the counter" to the general public through the Treasurer's Office. Although a list of these parcels is maintained by the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, interested parties may begin the process of placing an offer on a parcel by contacting the Treasurer’s Office (602) 506-8511 or on the internet at http://treasurer.maricopa.gov. Interested parties must complete an Unsold Previously Offered Parcel Offer Form and submit this form and payment in cash or guaranteed funds (Cashier’s Check or Money Order) made payable to: Maricopa County Treasurer. Completed forms may be mailed or delivered to: Maricopa County Treasurer's Office, 301 W. Jefferson, Room 100, Phoenix, Arizona 85003.
Once an offer is made and received by the Treasurer's Office, the Treasurer's Office will request that the offer be scheduled as an agenda item on an upcoming Board of Supervisors' meeting. (This may take several weeks to move through the necessary approval process.) Once the meeting occurs, Supervisors will consider the offer but may also entertain higher offers from anyone else present at the meeting. At the public meeting, the Board of Supervisors may vote to accept and approve the offer of the highest bidder for cash, or they may choose not to accept any of the current offers.
If an offer is approved, the Board will direct the Clerk of the Board to convey a quit claim deed to the party whose offer was approved. The Clerk of the Board will prepare a quit claim deed, record that deed with the County Recorder and then issue the deed to the new parcel owner. This process takes approximately two weeks from Board approval.
Buyers must be aware that all parcels are sold as is. No warranties are made concerning the parcel or its suitability for use.
2013 Previously Offered Tax Deeded Land Sale Parcels
For additional information on Tax Deeded Land Sales you may contact the Clerk of the Board at 602-506-3766 or Treasurer's Office at 602-506-8511.
Arizona Revised Statutes, 42-18301, 18302, 18303 and 18304 also provide information on the sale of tax deeded land in Arizona