Please contact our Tax Clerk, Suzanne Brown at 902-798-8391 ext.106 if you have not received a tax bill.
The Regional Municipality conducts tax sales annually in March. Properties on the tax sale list are advertised in the local paper and on our website. A list of properties can also be viewed at our office at 76 Morison Drive, Windsor. Please note that we do not guarantee the accuracy of these property descriptions and 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 on the tax sale is HST applicable and is included in the bid price.
The next tax sale is scheduled for Tuesday, March 16, 2021 in the Sanford Chambers at 76 Morison Drive, Windsor. Doors will open for bidder registration at 9:00am and the auction will begin at 10:00am local time.
It is important to know that tax sales do not, in all circumstances, clear up defects in title and a tax deed conveys only the interest of the assessed owner. Anyone intending to clear up defects in the title of your property by way of a tax sale is 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 off the tax sale list.
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. The title of the property will pass to the successful bidder at the end of the redemption period if the property has not been redeemed.
Bidding will commence with the sums specified on the date of the sale; which cover outstanding rates and taxes, interest to the date of the tax sale and expenses. Successful bidders must pay immediately by 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.
Property may be redeemed within six months after the date of the tax sale. The property 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 have the ability to redeem the property. A property cannot be redeemed if it is more than six years in arrears.
Section 151 of the Municipal Government Act implies that purchasers do not have absolute rights on the property in the six months when redemption may occur and, therefore, are cautioned to 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” after the tax sale.
If no bids are made the Municipal Treasurer may exercise the right under Section 143 of the Municipal Government Act 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 as per Section 147 of the Municipal Government Act.
It's important to note that, as per Section 144(2) of the Municipal Government Act, No 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.
Tax Sale Timeline
Property owners who have two or more years outstanding o their property taxes are contacted via Canada Post to make payment arrangements with our Office. If agreed payments are received the property will not enter the tax sale process.
Final due date for payment arrangements to be made.
The tax sale process begins. The tax sale list is certified and the preliminary notice of tax sale is mailed to property owners. The property owner has thirty (30) days to pay total arrears on the property.
Tax sale expenses begin being added to the property tax account.
By November 20th
Notice of Intent to Sell is sent to property owners and lien holders.
February - March
Properties are publicly advertised in the local newspaper, municipal website and in the municipal office.
March (3rd Tuesday)
Public Tax Sale occurs.
The provision to redeem expires.
Should you have any questions about the tax sale process or property taxes in general, please contact our Tax Clerk, Suzanne Brown at 902-798-8391 ext.106.