The next tax sale is scheduled for Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at 10 a.m. local time. The Public Auction will be held at the Sanford Chambers, Municipal Building, 76 Morison Drive, Windsor, Nova Scotia.
NOTE: Doors will open for bidder registration at 9:00am and the auction will begin at 10:00AM local time.
Letter to make payment arrangement is sent to property owners who have two or more years outstanding on their property taxes. Property will not enter the tax sale process if agreed payments are received.
Final due date for payment arrangements.
Tax sale process begins: Tax Sale list is certified; Preliminary Notice of Tax Sale is mailed. Owner has 30 days to pay total arrears.
After October 1st
Tax Sale expenses start to be added to property tax account
By November 20th
Notice of Intent to Sell is sent to owners and lien holders.
February - March
Properties are publicly advertised in the local newspaper and on the municipal website.
3rd Tuesday of March
Public Tax Sale, Sanford Chambers, 76 Morison Drive
The following September
The provision to redeem (if applicable) ends six months from tax sale date
The Municipality of West Hants conducts tax sales annually in March. Once the properties have been advertised, detailed descriptions of the properties may be viewed at the Municipal Office, 76 Morison Drive, Windsor, NS, during business hours; however, we do not guarantee the accuracy of these property descriptions. The Municipality of the District of West Hants makes no representations or warranties to any purchaser regarding the fitness, geophysical or environmental suitability of the land(s) offered for sale for any particular use and are being sold on an "as is" basis only. Land is HST applicable and is included in the bid price.
Tax sales do not in all circumstances clear up defects in title. A tax deed conveys only the interest of the assessed owner, whatever that interest may be. If you are intending to clear up defects in the title of your property by way of a Tax Sale, you are advised to obtain a legal opinion as to whether or not this can be done.
It is advisable to consult with a lawyer before purchasing a property.
The tax sale is a public auction with the successful bid being the highest bid at or above the total of all outstanding taxes, interest and tax sale costs. Only at the end of the redemption period, if the property has not been redeemed, will the title pass to the successful bidder.
Bidding will commence with the sums specified on the hand-outs on the date of the sale, which cover outstanding rates and taxes, interest to this date and expenses. Successful bidders must pay immediately in cash, debit, certified cheque, money order, bank drafts or lawyers’ trust cheque, the total sum to cover the taxes, interest and expenses. The balance of the bid must be paid in like manner, within three (3) business days of sale.
Purchasers must be aware that the property may be redeemed within six months after the date of the sale by the owner, a person with a mortgage, lien or other charge on the land or a person having an interest in the land by payment of sums listed under Section 152 of the Municipal Government Act. If the property is more than six years in arrears, the property cannot be redeemed.
Purchasers should also be aware in Sections 151 of the Municipal Government Act (MGA), it implies that purchasers do not have absolute rights in the six months when redemption may occur and, therefore, are cautioned to only preserve and not alter the property. Any repairs require written permission of the Treasurer. A copy of these rights will be mailed to the purchaser along with the “Certificate of Sale”.
If no bids are made the Municipal Treasurer may exercise the right under Section 143 of the MGA and bid for a purchase by the Municipality.
A person with an interest in land sold for taxes (including a person with a mortgage, lien, or other charge on the land) may apply to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia for an order directing the payment of all, or part, of the surplus balance to that person (MGA Section 147).
council member or employee of a municipality that sells land for arrears of taxes;
member of a village commission or employee of a village that sells land for arrears of taxes;
spouse of a person referred to in clause (a) or (b); or
company in which a person referred to in clause (a), (b) or (c) owns or beneficially owns the majority of the issued and outstanding shares,
shall purchase the land at the sale either directly or through an agent. (MGA Section 144 (2))