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A tax lien certificate is a Certificate of Sale note issued on a property that is sold for nonpayment of a special assessment.
1001 East Ninth Street, Reno, Nevada. Specific room is announced when sale is scheduled.
The available parcels will be posted on the Special Assessment website:, at the beginning of the sale month. They will also be published in the Reno Gazette Journal, one time each week, for the three consecutive weeks prior to the sale date. It should be noted that property owners, or their mortgage company, may bring the assessment current up to the day of the sale. On the sale date, they may pay the assessment off before the time of the sale.
The redemption periods are 120 days for vacant land and 2 years for improved property per N.R.S. 271.595(1)
Notice of the purchaser's intention to request a deed to the property must be given to the property owner no earlier than 60 days prior to the end of the redemption period (120 days for vacant land, 2 years for improved property). The property owner then has 60 days in which to redeem the property.
The notice must state that the purchaser holds the Certificate of Sale and that he will demand a deed to the property, if not redeemed by the property owner, at the end of the 60 day notice. The property owner must remit payment to the Washoe County Treasurer's Office in certified funds within the 60 day notice period.
Notice must be given by personal service upon the owner. Personal service means that the notice must be delivered to the person of the owner. Certified mail does not suffice. (Suggestion: process server). You may also wish to publish a notification in addition to the personal service notification per N.R.S. 271.190.
If the owner is not a resident of Nevada, or cannot be found within the state after diligent search, the notice may be given by publication. Diligent search requires more than one attempt to locate the property owner. Notice by publication is defined by N.R.S. 271.190 and includes publication at least once a week in a newspaper of general circulation in the County. The publication must be verified by the affidavit of the publisher.
You must make more than one attempt to locate the property owner. If they do not reside at the address of record, you must try to locate them by other methods. You may search the telephone directory, contact the Secretary of State's office for information on business or corporations, etc. All efforts must be documented and submitted as an affidavit.
The property owner and other major lien holders (e.g., mortgage company) may redeem the Certificate of Sale at any time during the redemption period. Payment must be in the form of cash, cashiers check or money order.
Yes. The Certificate of Sale note is recorded with the Washoe County Recorder's office. The original note will be mailed to the buyer after it is recorded.
At the end of the 60 day notification period, if the property has not been redeemed, the Treasurer must provide a deed to the purchaser or his assignee when he surrenders to the Treasurer the Certificate of Sale and documentation of the notice provided by the purchaser to the owner of the property. Before a deed will be issued, all delinquent taxes or assessments must be paid current.
The Original Certificate of Sale

Notarized statement of steps taken to notify property owner

Copy of Notice to Property Owner Affidavit (proof of service on property owner)

Affidavit of Search (if unable to locate, what did you do to locate the property owner)

Affidavit of Publication (proof of publication)
Tax lien certificates are sold at public sale and you must be present. Should the note on a specific property be held by Washoe County, an "over the counter" sale would be permitted.
You must be present to register. A friend or family member cannot register for you.
You must fill out the registration form presented to you and show a valid picture identification (driver's license) with your current address.
The buyer is not required to pay any delinquent property taxes at the time of the sale.
All interested parties, of majority age (18 or older), must register to receive a buyer number. A random number computer program will select the successful buyer. A first and second alternate will also be chosen for the parcel from the number selection. The sale will then continue with all buyers remaining eligible for each parcel on the sale list.
Payment must be received by 10:00 a.m. the day following the sale. Payment must be in the form of cash, cashiers check, or money order made payable to the Washoe County Treasurer.
No. You own a note on the property, for a specified redemption period, and earn interest for each month the note remains outstanding. At the end of the redemption period, you may request the deed to the property. The buyer has no legal claim or obligations during the redemption period.