• By Albert Depew

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When and where is the next sale?

A Notice of Order to Sell Real Property by way of auction on Friday, April 26, 2019 was issued by the Board of Supervisors on November 1, 2018. As of April 3, 2019, it has been determined that this auction is not necessary and there will be no auction on April 26, 2019.

The date for our next auction will be posted here on our website once it is determined that an auction is necessary.

What is the sale procedure?

There is an auction with the property being sold to the highest bidder. The opening bid for each parcel is the total of all taxes accrued on the property, together with any costs, penalties and interest legally chargeable against the property. The bid may also include special assessments on the property or any Carson City code enforcement liens.
All interested bidders must be present at the auction. There is no absentee bidding.
Properties that do not sell at the auction may be placed on the next tax sale auction.

Should I investigate before I bid?


All properties are sold “AS IS”, meaning that Carson City:

  • Makes no warranty whatsoever as to the property including, but not limited to, whether the property is buildable, can be developed or subdivided, or whether the property has or can get services such as water, sewer, telephone, gas, electricity, road access and maintenance, etc.
  • Does not guarantee whether the property is free from special assessments, sanitation liens, Medicaid liens, or other liens and encumbrances for which the purchaser may be responsible.
  • Makes no representation or claims as to the property’s fitness for purpose, conditions, covenants, restrictions, reservations, or any other possible encumbrances.

The City does not assist with any foreclosure or eviction proceedings. The City does not guarantee a clear title. It is the responsibility of prospective buyers to conduct their own research prior to the auction. The City’s sole interest is the recovery of all delinquent taxes, penalties, interest, and costs.

If I am the successful bidder, how do I pay for the property?

Payment in full must be received by the Carson City Treasurer’s office by 3:00 p.m. on the day of the sale. Payment must be made in cash, cashier’s check, or a money order made payable to the Carson City Treasurer. Carson City does not offer any type of financing.

Is the sale final?

Yes, all sales are final. There are no exceptions. If you fail to make the payment as required, the property will be offered to the bidder that had the next highest bid.

How is the ownership transferred to the successful bidder?

A quitclaim deed will be prepared and recorded with the Carson City Recorder within 30 days of the auction date. The Recorder’s office will then mail the deed to the property buyer. There is a two year period in which the previous owner may protest the sale. Consequently, you may not be able to obtain title insurance during this period. You should contact a title company for more information regarding issuance of title insurance.