Any questions regarding the Annual Public Auction should be directed to the Treasury Division, Taxpayer Service, 201 West Colfax Avenue, Wellington E Webb Municipal Office Building, 1st floor, Denver Colorado 80202, (720) 913-9300.
Each bidder must register on the Auction Website before they will be allowed to participate in the tax lien sale. After registering, each bidder will receive a bidding number from the Auction Website that will enable the bidder to place bids. All bidders must make a deposit on the Auction Website before their bids will be accepted. Registration, deposits, and pre-bids may be made starting October 19, 2023, and registration and deposits must be completed no later than October 31, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. local time. No registration or deposits will be allowed after this time. Each bidder shall make a deposit equal to ten percent (10%) of the total dollar amount of tax liens the bidder anticipates winning. All deposits shall be made by electronic funds transfer. Final determination regarding the acceptability of any deposit will be at the discretion of the Treasurer. If a bidder’s deposit drops below ten percent (10%) of the total dollar amount of all tax liens won, plus the amount of active bids, while there are still active bids, the active bids will not be accepted. Buyers are responsible to ensure the information on their registration is correct since certificates of purchase, redemption checks, and refund checks are prepared from this information.
In accordance with §39-11-115 (2) (c) and (d), C.R.S., minimum bids and bid increase increments are as follows:
Minimum bids: The minimum starting bid for each tax lien is equal to the amount of the unpaid taxes, interest, penalties, and fees (the tax lien face value).
Bid increments: Bid increments shall be one dollar ($1.00). Tax liens are awarded to the highest bidder, or in the event of a tie, the winner will be selected at random by the Auction Website, and the winning bid amount will equal the amount of the tie bid.
Tax liens will be grouped into batches and sold in one-hour increments starting on November 8, 2023, at 8:00 a.m. local time and concluding on November 8, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. local time. Tax liens in each batch will be identified with a closing time.
Bids may be made starting November 6, 2023, at 8:00 a.m. local time. Bids will be accepted for each tax lien until the batch containing it closes. The Auction Website stores the bids for each tax lien until the batch containing it closes. Prior to the closing of the batch, bidders may change or withdraw their bids. Once a batch closes, the bids become final and may not be changed or withdrawn.
Payment for the total amount of the bidder’s winning bids shall be automatically initiated via an Automated Clearing House (ACH) debit no later than November 9, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. local time. The account debited will be the last successful deposit account. If a winning bidder fails to pay the amount due by this time, the Treasurer may, in the Treasurer’s sole discretion, award the tax liens to another bidder or may offer the tax lien for sale. The Treasurer may prohibit a person, who fails to pay the amount due from bidding, from participating in any tax lien sales for up to five years in accordance with § 39-11-116, C.R.S.
The certificate of purchase issued on a successful bid will show the legal description, purchase amount, and buyer’s name (as entered in registration), interest rate, and date of sale. Buyers will be notified when their certificates are ready to be picked up. The City and County of Denver will keep them if the buyer wishes and provide copies.
Redemption interest is 15% per annum. If parcels are redeemed prior to delivery of certificates, redemption checks will be mailed to buyers and notations made on buyers’ lists of purchases.
Employees and officials of the City and County of Denver, and members of their families are not allowed to purchase at the Public Auction.