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Fayette County > Tax Claim Bureau

Fayette County Courthouse
 
 
 

 

 
Director
 
Fayette County Courthouse
61 East Main Street
Uniontown, PA 15401
 
 Telephone:724-430-1208
          Fax:724-430-4887
 
 
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Open during lunch
Mission Statement
 
The Tax Claim Bureau collects delinquent real estate tax for the 42 districts in Fayette County.  The Bureau is responsible for notifying taxpayers of delinquent taxes and pending sales. 
 
The Fayette County Tax Claim Bureau was created when the Pennsylvania Real Estate Tax Sale Law (Act 542 of 1947) was enacted. The purpose of Act 542 is to promptly return properties with delinquent real estate taxes to the productive tax rolls. The act also provides a uniform system of eliminating title disputes and solving problems from the previous system.  

The provisions of certain divestitures of liens and encumbrances appear to attract purchasers to tax sales, thus transferring non-taxpaying properties to the current tax roles and into the hands of responsible taxpayers.

The Tax Claim Bureau receives approximately fourteen thousand (14,000) delinquent returns each year. The general activities that take place in the Tax Claim Bureau are collections, tax sales, and distribution of paid taxes. The Bureau also works very closely with all political sub-divisions with taxing authority. 

Employees:

 Account Clerk I   Raylene Ferlin   
 Account Clerk I   Jen Thomas  
 Account Clerk III   Marjorie Stefanini  

Tax Sales are Judicial, commonly known as Free & Clear Sale, in March and Upset Sale in September and Repository sale held monthly.

Distribution for monies collected are made monthly to taxing districts.

Property owners may enter into an installment payment plan for
properties pending sale April 1 through sale date in September. 
Fayette County is bound by the County Code and State Laws and
must abide and therefore cannot make exceptions for anyone.   
 
This Office, in addition to providing delinquent tax information, can
also provide certified letters for property information and statement of taxes. The fee is $15.00 per parcel.
 
The Office works with mortgage companies, title companies, attorneys
and banks to provide tax information which help to eliminate the sale of properties. 
 
 
Method of Payment for Delinquent Taxes
 
Payments can be made through the mail, or in person at our office or on-line.
For on-line payments, please thoroughly read and complete the On-Line Form using Gov-Pay
 
Methods of payments are cash, money order, certified check, official
check, personal check or credit/debit card.  A photo ID is required.
 
If paying by mail, the office accepts a money order, certified check or
official check.  Personal checks are now accepted through the mail.
 
*** If paying to remove property from Upset Sale, the Bureau WILL NOT accept
personal checks after August 31, 2014. To remove from the sale cash or certified funds are required.***
 

UPSET and JUDICIAL (free & clear) SALE

This Office is responsible for the Upset Sale and the Judicial Sale both held yearly. 

The Upset Sale is held the fourth Monday of September (Buyer Beware-All Sales Final).  Properties listed for this sale carry with them all liens and judgments recorded in the Courthouse.  Properties not sold in the Upset Sale may carry over into a Judicial Sale.  Our Upset sale is September 29th, 2014 in courtroom number one in the Uniontown Courthouse. We will be assigning bidder numbers starting at 8:30 in front of the courtroom. If you are planning on bidding you NEED to be assigned a number. Our list can be viewed at the following link Upset 2014 tax Sale List  Updated 09-15-2014  (Buyer Beware-All Sales Final) must have a title search performed. For our Free and Clear sale All owners, lien and judgment holders are notified of sale,only if they have filed a lien in our prothonotary office. Liens and judgments do not follow the property unless not served by our sheriffs department. Method of payment for both sales are cash, money order, certified check or official check.  Personal checks will be accepted if accompanied with bank letter.  Credit/debit cards are Not accepted for the Upset and Judicial Sale. 

                                               REPOSITORY SALE

                                         (EFFECTIVE MAY 1, 2013)

Any property not sold at Judicial sale will be listed in the County Repository for Unsold Properties. Repository properties are sold free and clear of all tax and municipal claims, mortgages, liens except ground rents and possibly IRS Liens, if any.

The Tax Claim Bureau makes no representations or warranties as to the title,location or use of the property. Properties are sold "AS IS". It is buyers responsibility to make their own determination as to the condition. CAVEAT EMPTOR (Buyer Beware) applies. It is recommended that you seek advise of an attorney prior to buying any of these properties.

All sales are final and no adjustments will be made after the property is sold. Any problem of possession of the premises arising after purchase shall be the responsibility of the purchaser to resolve. The sale does not purport to convey personal property which may be on the premises.

'The Real Estate Tax Sales Act of 1947, as amended, applies to all Repository List Sales.

 

Click for the Repository Sale List *Updated 08-20-14 *

Click for the Procedure To Submit A Sealed Repository Bid

Click for the Repository Sale Bid Form

Click for the Affidavit of Repository Bid


Click here for information on the Procedure for Collecting Delinquent Taxes