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Tax Sale Information
County Tax Sale
The Calvert County Tax Sale is held annually for any real property that is two years delinquent in the payment of real estate taxes. Properties can also be sold at the annual tax sale for delinquent water and sewer bills for Calvert County accounts, the Town of North Beach and the Town of Chesapeake Beach.  In accordance with Maryland law, the delinquent taxpayers are advertised in two local newspapers for four weeks prior to the sale. 


Public Auction

The Treasurer's Office holds a public auction to satisfy the payment of delinquent real property taxes. If you are the successful bidder you will receive a Certificate of Sale which will give you the right to start your legal proceedings to obtain title to property after waiting a six month and one day redemption period.

Note: Holding a Certificate of Sale does not give you title or rights to the property until after the six month redemption period has passed and you have completed the necessary legal steps to obtain an Order to Foreclose the Right of Redemption from the court.

The property owner has six months and one day in which to redeem his property. If after six months and one day the property has not been redeemed, the certificate holder may start the necessary steps to obtain the property title. This means contacting your attorney and having him begin the legal work needed to take title to the property.

If the property is redeemed, the Treasurer’s Office will notify you by mail and you will be directed to return your Certificate of Sale for a refund of the amount that you paid, plus interest at the annual rate of 10% through the month of redemption.

Foreclose the Right of Redemption Expenses

In accordance with Maryland law, the expenses incurred in an action to or in preparation of an action to foreclose the rights of redemption are as follows:

  • Attorney’s fees incurred in an action or in preparation for an action to foreclose the Rights of Redemption
  • Fees for necessary recording of documents associated with an action to foreclose the Rights of Redemption
  • Publication costs
  • Reasonable fee for a necessary title examination
  • Service of process by publication cost

If you are claiming any of these expenses, you must have a receipt, invoice, voucher, canceled check, or other evidence that the expense has been incurred, and you will be reimbursed in accordance with Maryland law.  Please send notice of all fees to the Treasurer's Office for our records.

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