What if the owner does not redeem the property?
If an owner fails to redeem his property from tax sale, the bidder may file a civil action case in Queen Anne’s County Circuit Court to foreclose the owner’s right of redemption. The action to foreclose the owner’s right of redemption must be filed no less than 6 months from the date of sale and no more than 2 years from the date of the sale.

If judgment is granted in favor of the bidder, the bidder may gain full title to the property by paying the balance of their bid, if any, any taxes and other fees that have accrued after the date of sale, after which a deed can be submitted to the Tax Collector. Payment must be made and deed submitted within 90days or the Tax Collector will move to dismiss the judgment, see the Annotated Code of Maryland, Tax Property Article §14-847 (d).

If judgment is stricken, it is the same as if the bidder never filed civil action.

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1. What are the date, time and location of your tax sale?
2. How often are tax sales held?
3. Does the County hold a deed sale in addition to a lien sale? If so, when and where does it take place?
4. When and where will the tax sale be advertised?
5. How and when do I register for the tax sale?
6. What methods of payment are accepted when purchasing tax sale items? Is there a deposit required before the sale?
7. What is the bidding process?
8. What is a High Bid Premium and how is it calculated?
9. What type of document is issued at the sale?
10. Are there any other expenses in addition to the cost of the lien?
11. What is the foreclosure process, and will the County handle the foreclosure process for a fee? If so what is the fee?
12. What happens to the liens that are not sold at the Tax Lien Certificate auction? Can they be purchased over-the-counter directly from the county? Can I get a list of these liens? Can I purchase them n
13. Do you allow investors to invest in Tax Lien Certificates without attending the auction via mail, telephone, or fax? Can I send a representative to the sale to bid for me?
14. Will you please forward a copy of the statutes regarding tax sales in your jurisdiction?
15. How long is the tax lien valid?
16. What interest rate is paid on the lien upon redemption?
17. What if the owner does not redeem the property?
18. What will happen if a bidder does not file a civil action case within 2 years?