Property Tax Sale

What is a Property Tax Sale

  • A property tax sale is a public auction of properties that have a tax recovery notification or lien registered as a result of unpaid taxes for more than one year, in accordance with the Municipal Government Act, Chapter M-26 RSA 2000, Part 10, Division 8.
  • The City of Red Deer, similar to other Alberta Municipalities, holds an annual property tax sale to recover unpaid property taxes.
  • The properties offered for sale have a reserve bid representing fair market value. The City has contracted the services of an independent appraiser to determine the reserve bids on each property.
  • Prior to the property tax sale date, The City follows an extensive notification process. Properties are only placed up for public auction if their property taxes are in arrears for more than one year.

How to remove your property from the tax sale auction

  • If your property is included on the Public Auction Listing (pdf) , you must pay the outstanding tax arrears on your property tax account, before the auction date to be removed from the sale.
  • Tax notifications and or liens will only be discharged once the tax arrears have been paid in full.

How to purchase a property at the tax sale auction

Step 1

  • Review the list of remaining properties on the Public Auction Listing (pdf) .
  • A list of properties will be advertised in the Alberta Gazette on the last day of February.
  • The current year's public auction listing will be available 30 days prior to the tax sale auction and is updated daily to remove properties that are no longer for sale.
  • Any remaining properties will be advertised in the Red Deer Advocate 10 to 20 days prior to the tax sale auction.

Step 2

Step 3

  • Review the Public Auction Listing (pdf) on the morning of the auction.
  • If the property you are intending to purchase is still available, attend the auction to bid on the property.
  • The auctioneer will explain the bidding process and the terms and conditions. The City's lawyer will be available to discuss the legalities of the process with the successful bidders.

All properties listed for public auction are privately owned. Please respect the owner and/or occupants privacy.

Timelines of the tax sale

January (year prior to tax sale) - Tax notification is registered on the property at the Alberta Land Titles Office or a Tax Recovery Lien is registered at the Registry Office against the Designated Manufactured Home.
December - Property is sent for an independent appraisal. All associated costs are charged back to the property tax account.
January - February (tax sale year) - The property will be advertised for Property Tax Sale in the Alberta Gazette.
February - Property tax sale reserve bids are set by City Council.
March - Property tax sale packages are ready for the public.
March - The properties available for property tax sale via public auction are advertised in the Red Deer Advocate.
April - Property tax sale public auction.

Please note: All costs associated with tax recovery and tax sale are charged to the associated property tax account.