Real Property Tax Forfeiture and Foreclosures
Governor Whitmer has issued Executive Order 2020-14, which extends the redemption deadline for 2020 real property foreclosures to May 29, 2020. Extended Foreclosure Notices were recently mailed to many parties of interest for properties which would otherwise have foreclosed at the end of March.
If you have yet to pay delinquent 2017 and/or earlier real property taxes, please contact your county treasurer’s office for details on making payment.
Real property tax delinquency entails a three-year forfeiture and foreclosure process in Michigan. Parcels are forfeited to the county treasurers when the real property taxes are in the second year of delinquency. Real property taxes which remain unpaid as of March 31 in the third year of delinquency are foreclosed upon by the Foreclosing Governmental Unit (FGU). The FGU is responsible for inspecting forfeited property, providing due process notifications and subsequent disposition of the tax foreclosed property. Click on the following links for more detailed information regarding the real property tax forfeiture and foreclosure process.
- County Treasurer Resources
Information for county treasurers.
- Reading Legal Descriptions
A brief description of Michigan's metes and bounds real property legal descriptions.
Parcel listings for the tax-foreclosed real property auctions will be listed on this page approximately one month prior to each auction.
- General Property Tax Act
Link to the relevant real property tax forfeiture and foreclosure sections of the General Property Tax Act, Public Act 206 of 1893.
- Foreclosing Governmental Units (FGUs)
A listing of all counties, with contact information, and the FGU designation. The State of Michigan acts as the FGU for 8 Michigan counties.
Find links to several resources associated with the real property tax forfeiture, foreclosure, and sale processes.
Department contacts related to property tax forfeiture and foreclosure.
- Historic Documents
Reference materials that are no longer current, provided for reference and historical purposes.