Tax Lien Auction

In 2018, the Alabama State Legislature passed Act 2018-577, giving tax collecting officials an alternative remedy for collecting delinquent property taxes by the sale of a tax lien instead of the sale of property.  In 2019, beginning with tax year 2018 delinquent properties, Baldwin County Revenue Commission decided to migrate to the sale of tax liens. All tax liens representing unpaid and delinquent taxes on real property are subject to a public auction.


  • Where can I find a copy of the statutes regarding tax lien auctions in your jurisdiction?

  • What authorizes the Baldwin County Revenue Commissioner to hold a tax lien auction?

  • What is a tax lien auction and what is its purpose?

  • What is the date, time, and location of Baldwin County's tax lien auction?

  • Will training be available on how to use the GovEase.com auction platform?

  • How often do you hold the tax lien auction?

  • Which properties are included in the tax lien auction?

  • Are those property owners whose parcels are subject to auction notified about the tax lien auction?

  • When and where will the tax lien auction be advertised?

  • Where can I find additional information about properties subject to the tax lien auction?

  • When will I be able to register for the tax lien auction?

  • What are the payment requirements for the tax lien auction?

  • What software or equipment do I need to be able to participate?

  • Do you allow investors to invest in tax lien certificates via mail, telephone, or fax?

  • What is the bidding process?

  • During the auction, what will happen if more than one bidder submits an interest rate of 0%?

  • How much time do I have to bid on each tax lien that is put up for auction?

  • What type of document is issued after the tax lien auction?

  • What happens to any other encumbrances on the property when I purchase a tax lien?

  • How will the property owner find out who purchased a tax lien on the property?

  • Are there any other expenses related to the auction, in addition to the costs of the lien?

  • If I am awarded the tax lien, will I be required to pay subsequent taxes each year?

  • May I transfer or sell my tax lien certificate to someone else?

  • Is ownership in the property transferred to the purchaser of the tax lien?

  • If I own property for which a tax lien was auctioned in a prior year, can I pay my current taxes without paying the holder of the previous year's tax lien?

  • How do you redeem a tax lien that has been sold at auction?

  • What will be issued by the Revenue Commissioner's office to prove that a tax lien has been redeemed?

  • What happens to the liens that are not sold at the tax lien auction? Can they be purchased over-the-counter directly from the county?

  • May I receive a list of tax lien certificates through e-mail?

  • Does a tax lien that is purchased at auction ever expire?

Please note that alterations to the law may occur regularly; we will update this frequently asked question list as we receive those changes as well as post updates on our website. We suggest you consult with an attorney regarding any question on law or your specific rights.