Warning! Research Before You Invest


  • Tax Defaulted Property is sold on an "As Is" basis.
  • Any costs incurred by the purchaser during the process will be borne by the purchaser.
  • There are absolutely NO refunds of expenses, purchases, nor refunds of deposit.

The sale of these properties should not, in any way, be equated to real estate sales by licensed salesmen, brokers and realtors. The San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector cannot guarantee the current, future, or potential use and/or condition of the property nor assume any responsibility for conformance to codes, permits or zoning ordinances.

You should inspect the property before investing. The burden is on the purchaser to thoroughly research, before the sale, any matters relevant to his or her decision to purchase. The County's sole interest in the sale is the recovery of back taxes.

It is recommended that bidders consult with the Zoning Department of any city within which a particular parcel lies, or the Zoning Section of the County Planning Department for an unincorporated area parcel. Tax-defaulted property will be sold on an "as is" basis. Any costs incurred by the purchaser during the process will be borne by the purchaser.

Should the successful purchaser desire a survey of the property, this must be done at the purchaser's own initiative and expense. No warranty is made by the County, either expressed or implied, relative to usability, the ground location, or property lines of the properties. The exact location, desirability, and usefulness of the properties must be determined by the prospective purchaser. Refund of any purchase or any payment on a credit sale will not be made.

The County assumes no liability for any other possible liens, encumbrances or easements, recorded or not recorded. When property, on which the IRS holds a tax lien, is sold at Public Auction, the United States has the right of redemption for 120 days from the date of such sale (26 USC §7425(d) and Revenue and Taxation Code §3712(g)). The IRS will pay the actual amount paid for the property by the bidder, plus interest at 6% per annum from date of sale, plus the expenses of sale that exceed any income received from the property.