Auctions and Claims

The Wayne County Treasurer's Office will hold auctions of foreclosed unoccupied properties and vacant lots in September and October 2021.

Auction website

Foreclosure and Auction

State law requires that properties subject to tax foreclosure be made available to the State, the local community, and the County for purchase prior to auction. Properties that are not taken by a government entity are offered for auction in September and October. Please be aware that state law does not allow the owner of a property that has been foreclosed to purchase that property at auction for anything less than the taxes, fees, and interest that were outstanding at the time of foreclosure.


Properties sold in 2018 Auction Properties not sold in 2018 Auction

Properties sold in 2019 September AuctionProperties sold in 2019 October Auction Properties not sold in 2019 Auctions

Properties sold in the Tax Foreclosure Auction are sold "as is and "where is" with no warranties, either expressed or implied. Prior to the auction, purchasers are advised to research the property(s) condition and to perform careful due diligence to understand any potential issues with the property, including but not limited to, special assessment, environmental issues or demolition status. Please read the auction rules and regulations before you register for the auction.

When property auctions are held

Property auctions are held in September and October of the year foreclosed. Properties are offered for a minimum bid that consists of all delinquent taxes, penalties and interest. Properties not sold at the September auction are then offered at our October auction. Successful bidders will receive a Quit Claim deed to the property.


Beginning with the 2021 foreclosures, in accordance with MCL 211.78t, persons who hold title or equity interest in a property at the time of foreclosure may file a "Notice of Intent to Claim" to claim any potential remaining sales proceeds associated with the parcels that exceed the amount of the outstanding delinquency. Claiming potential proceeds begins with filing the below form 5743 Notice of Intention to Claim Interest in Foreclosure Sales Proceeds with the Wayne County Treasurer's Office ("WCTO") by the July 1 immediately following the effective date of the foreclosure. The WCTO will respond by January 31 following the foreclosure auctions, with a form 5744 Notice to Claimant to File Motion with the Circuit Court. Provided there actually are surplus proceeds remaining for the property, the claimant may then file a motion with the 3rd Circuit Court between February 1 and May 15, following the notice from the WCTO. The court will then set a hearing date and time to determine claim payments.

A claim may be made for pre-2021 foreclosure sales only if the Michigan Supreme Court orders that its decision in Rafaeli, LLC v Oakland County, docket no. 156849, applies retroactively. Information on the pre-2021 claims process will be provided upon the final ruling in that case.

Notice of Intent to Claim Interest in Foreclosure Proceeds

Claims Form

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Phone number: (313) 224-2864