In Minnesota, the County Auditor and County Board administer and manage the unsold inventory of state of Minnesota tax-forfeited properties on behalf of the taxing subdivisions, including the school district, city, and county. Tax-forfeited properties are those on which real estate property taxes were not paid. After due process and notice were given as provided by law, the title to the land and buildings was forfeited to the state of Minnesota and held in trust for the taxing subdivisions. Hennepin County uses the proceeds from sales and leases of tax-forfeited properties to pay for their maintenance, operation and repair, including snow removal, lawn cutting, boarding of vacant structures, and brush and rubbish removal.
Some tax-forfeited properties are retained in public ownership and managed for public benefits, while others are returned to private ownership. Prior to tax-forfeited properties being available for public auction, the County follows statutory processes to classify, establish market values, and evaluate and appraise the properties. The properties are sold "as is" and may not conform to local building and zoning ordinances. The County makes no warranty that the tax-forfeited properties are "buildable." All sales are final, and no refunds or exchanges are permitted.
If you are interested in a property, you should consult the Terms of Sale for specific conditions and we highly recommend that you perform due diligence and thoroughly research any property before purchasing. You should contact a real estate attorney for specific legal issues. From time-to-time you may find certain notices that will appear under the "E-notices" link, in addition to posting of paper copies in the County Auditor's office and/or publication in the legal designated newspaper, as may be required by law.
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