County Auction of 448 Properties Could Bring in Over $4,800,000 in Tax Revenue


Bidders registration now open; bidders must register by March 3 to participate in online auction 

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SAN DIEGO, CA, February 7, 2023 - San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister announced bidder registration is now open for the 2023 online property tax auction. A total of 448 properties have been in default for over five years and, in accordance with the California Revenue & Taxation Code, are now for sale.   

“These properties have been in tax default for five or more years. It’s time to get the properties back on the tax roll generating revenue for important public services,” said McAllister. “Our online system makes it simple to research and bid on a variety of properties across San Diego County.”  

Anyone can bid during the online property tax auction from March 10-15. To participate, bidders must register before March 2 at the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s tax auction website, They must also submit a refundable $1,000 deposit and a non-refundable $35 processing fee (some parcels may require a larger deposit).  

“We have 66 residential or commercial properties, 301 timeshares, and 81

parcels of land for sale. The County stands to bring in $4,800,000 in tax revenue if all the properties are sold for the minimum bid,” McAllister continued. “Potential bidders are encouraged to sign up for e-notifications at” 

All sales are final, so this is a buyer beware sale. The TTC recommends beginning the research process on its website.

Owners of the auctioned properties can still avoid going to sale; they have until 5 p.m. on March 9 to redeem their parcels and pay all taxes and fees owed. Before the sale, every effort is made to contact the owners of these properties to notify them about the impending sale.  

Historical Tax Auction Totals*  

Historical Tax Auction Totals Graph

*The TTC did not hold a tax sale auction in 2016.