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Tax Foreclosure Auction
Tax Foreclosure Auctions

Harper County Tax Sale:

The Harper County Board of County Commissioners will be holding a tax sale this year for property owners who have not paid their property taxes on real property for years 2013 and prior.  The petition has been filed in District Court as of July 19, 2018.   The sale date will be determined once proper service has been made.

A copy of the petition can be found by clicking here.

Please note, this list may change due to properties being redeemed prior to the sale date.  

Legal Basis

In the State of Kansas, counties are allowed to sell real property having delinquent real estate taxes at the conclusion of the judicial tax foreclosure procedure via open auction (no sealed bids).  Properties are sold to the highest qualified bidder.

Publication Notices

“Notice of Sale” is published in the officially designated county newspaper, which is The Harper Advocate for 2018.  Copies are available in the County Treasurer’s Office, first floor of the Courthouse.  When the date of the sale is set, the case can be accessed on this website.  You may utilize www.harpercountygis.com for maps and aerial images of property included in the sale. 

Time, Date and Location

Tax foreclosure auctions take place in the Harper County District Courtroom on the third floor of the Harper County Courthouse.  The date is determined four to six weeks prior to the sale date and is announced through publication in the officially designated county newspaper.  You may also visit this website for additional sale information. 

Owners, heirs and lien holders of record have the right to redeem properties up to the sale date.  Therefore, prospective bidders are cautioned that they cannot be sure a given property will actually be sold at auction until the specified sale date.

All sales are final, unless successfully challenged in court.  Prospective bidders should adequately acquaint themselves with the properties in which they are interested in prior to the auction.  Suggested inquiries might be considered in the areas of special assessments, zoning and building restrictions and deed information. 

If a person desires to purchase a property prior to auction, that transaction is strictly between that person and the owner of record.  Once the petition is filed in District Court, the full amount of taxes and interest, plus court costs must be paid.  The mere transfer of title, even having the deed recorded, will not stop the proceedings nor the sale.  Only when all taxes and court costs are paid will the property be deleted from the sale. 

Buyers of tax foreclosure properties are responsible for the full amount of taxes for the year of the sale, regardless of the date of the sale.  Buyers are responsible for all current and future special assessments on the property. Buyers are not responsible for any delinquent taxes. 

Owners or lien holders of record can challenge sale of properties sold at a tax foreclosure auction after the sale through district court.  The county may defend the sale with appointed counsel.  Buyers may, at their own expense, engage their own attorney if they wish to be represented during such action.  If the court should decide in favor of the plaintiff and set aside the sale of the property, the court will direct the county regarding refunding the full purchase price plus any fees paid.

Terms of Sale

Bidders must be registered and have a bidding number to participate in the bidding.  Registration will begin approximately one hour prior to sale time.  To register, a person must provide two pieces of positive identification showing name and address (one with an attached photograph), provide their telephone number or other contact method, and provide their signature certifying they are not the record owner of any real estate upon which there are delinquent ad valorem or special assessment taxes.  Only then will a bidding number be issued.

Successful bidders will be responsible for their bids and must not depart the auction without making payment in full for their purchase(s).  If not, legal action may be taken against you to enforce your bid and you may be ineligible to bid at future sales.

The filing fee for registration of the deed will be collected from the buyer of each parcel at the time of the sale.

A receipt of purchase will be given at time of payment.  A sheriff deed will be mailed to successful bidders as soon as “confirmation of sale” is filed with the clerk of the district court and the deeds are recorded with the register of deeds office.  This usually requires a waiting period of approximately 90 days after the date of sale.  This waiting period allows all checks to clear and the settlement of any disputed sales (challenges in court).  The County desires to conclude the case in the most expeditious, legal manner possible. 

If a successful bidder purchases an occupied property, the purchaser is responsible for handling this instance in a considerate manner. The county is NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR EVICTION.



Harper County, KS
201 N. Jennings Ave.
Anthony, KS  67003
Ph: 1-877-537-2110