Frequently Asked Questions Concerning the Delinquent Tax Sale:
  1. When will your next sale be held?

  2. Where is it held and what time does it begin?

  3. Do I need to register for the sale and is there a fee for this?

    Make absolutely sure of what name you want to bid under when you sign up as a bidder. Do not ask us to change or switch the bidder name later as this creates major paperwork audit problems for us when issuing receipts and checks to you or later deeding properties. Please also keep us informed of any bidder address changes made after the sale.

    Bidder cards will be provided to each bidder. The auctioneers utilize the bidder registration card with your bidder number to track bids during the auction. Only you, or your agent acting on your behalf, can bid. Bids must be made in person.

  4. Where and when do you advertise for the tax sale?

    There will be a listing of properties & mobile homes to be sold on the County Web Site ( that will be updated weekly. Properties are auctioned during the Tax Sale in alphabetical order according to the defaulting taxpayer's last name. The sale of Mobile Homes only will precede the sale of real estate properties.

    Because properties are advertised weeks prior to the sale, the properties or mobile homes you are interested in may not be sold at auction if the owner pays their delinquent taxes.

    According to S.C. Code Section 12-51-50 (Excess), we will only sell enough property of a defaulting taxpayer if the bid covers all the taxes, costs, fees on all other properties that remain unsold belonging to that same defaulting taxpayer.

  5. Can you send me a list of the liens that will be available?

  6. If I win the bid on a property, when will I be required to pay and what form of payment do you accept?

  7. What happens to the liens that are not sold at the auction?

  8. Can I bid without attending (via mail, or a representative)?

  9. If I end up with a property, does the county handle the foreclosure process?

  10. What happens when property is sold for delinquent tax?

  11. How do I know what condition the property is in that I'm bidding on?

  12. Which properties are sold at the tax sale?

  13. What can I do with the property or mobile home that I am the winning bidder on?

  14. Is a tax deed the same thing as a warranty deed?

    Tax Sales on property can be voided at any time prior to the issuance of a tax deed. Tax sales on mobile homes can be voided as well prior to the issuance of a Title from the SCDMV. If a sale is voided, the bidder will be refunded his/her bid money plus the actual interest earned on their bid amount. You do not earn rent on a voided mobile home sale.

Remember these key points:
  • The Tax Sale is a public auction
  • You must pay for bids plus deed stamps
  • Defaulting taxpayer has one year to redeem property
  • If not redeemed a deed will be issued to the successful bidder
  • Interest is calculated at 3%, 6%, 9% and 12% quarterly but interest can never exceed the amount of bid placed on property by the forfeited land commission, consisting of the delinquent and current taxes
  • A deed issued to the successful bidder is not a clear deed. The deed can be cleared after the second year by obtaining an attorney and going before the Master in Equity
  • All bids are due as soon as the sale is over by cash, cashiers check or money order
  • Failing to pay for bids may result in fine of $500 per bid