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Forfeited Land

R.C. 5723.01

(A), which concerns the forfeiture of real property for nonpayment of delinquent real estate taxes, states:

(1) Every tract of land and town lot, which, pursuant to foreclosure proceedings under section 323.25 or 5721.18 of the Revised Code,1 has been advertised and offered for sale on two separate occasions, not less than two weeks apart, and not sold for want of bidders, shall be forfeited to the state.

(2) The county prosecuting attorney shall certify to the court that such tract of land or town lot has been twice offered for sale and not sold for want of a bidder. Such forfeiture of lands and town lots shall be effective when the court by entry orders such lands and town lots forfeited to the state. A copy of such entry shall be certified to the county auditor and, after the date of the certification, all the right, title, claim, and interest of the former owner is transferred to and vested in the state to be disposed of in compliance with this chapter.

B) Every parcel against which a judgment of foreclosure and forfeiture is made in accordance with section 5721.16 of the Revised Code is forfeited to the state on the date the court enters a finding under that section. After that date, all the right, title, claim, and interest of the former owner is transferred to the state to be disposed of in compliance with the relevant provisions of this chapter.

R.C. 5723.04

The county auditor shall maintain a list of forfeited lands and shall offer such lands for sale annually or more frequently if the auditor determines that more frequent sales are necessary.

Notice of Forfeited Land Sales