Tax-forfeited properties are parcels on which delinquent property taxes were not paid, title to the land and buildings was forfeited and title is now vested in the state of Minnesota. Dakota County manages the properties while in trust for the state. Following a review period per Minnesota Statutes, these properties are classified and offered to the public at auction.
Properties for sale to the public
There are currently no properties available for sale.
When an auction date is decided, a complete list of properties to be listed for sale will be published in the official newspaper for the county. Terms and conditions of auctions are set by the county board.
Property available for immediate sales
There are no properties available for immediate sale over the counter.
Parcels not sold at an auction may be offered for sale the day following the auction, at the discretion of the Property Taxation & Records, and purchased by anyone offering to pay the appraised price. The price cannot be changed unless a parcel is re-appraised, advertised and again offered at public auction.
Get notified of upcoming auctions
Dakota County can contact you when an auction date has been set. Call Property Taxation & Records at 651-438-4597 or email email@example.com with the subject line “Auction Notification" to be added to the list. Include your name and contact information.
The Dakota County website will also be updated with all properties for sale.
Property sold “as is”
All property is sold "as is" and may not conform to local building and zoning ordinances. The County makes no warranty as to the condition of the soil or that the land is "buildable." All sales are final, and no refunds or exchanges are permitted.
Special assessment or reassessment
If municipal special assessments were canceled at forfeiture, the municipality that made the improvement could make a reassessment or a new assessment to the property, per Minnesota Statutes 429.071.
Fees and charges related to canceled special assessments also could be certified against the property.
The purchaser will assume local improvement assessments not yet certified to the property.
Do your research before buying
The County recommends you thoroughly research any tax-forfeited parcels before purchase.
- For general land information, please go to
Property Information Search and enter the parcel identification number in the upper, left-hand corner without spaces or dashes.
- Most liens and mortgages, except federal and state tax liens, are canceled at the time of forfeiture. It is the responsibility of the purchaser to verify this information. Please contact Dakota County Property Records at 651-438-4597 for direction with checking if there are existing liens and mortgages.
- You will also need to
check environmental concerns for the property.
- To see if the property is buildable or for zoning questions, please check with the city or township the property located in the
Contact counsel for legal issues
For specific legal issues, you should consider contacting your own legal counsel. Services of an attorney may be necessary to make the title marketable. You are advised to consult an attorney for advice specific to a particular parcel of land and your plans for it.
The following state statutes apply to tax-forfeited property: