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Tax-Forfeited Property


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Tax-Forfeited Property

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.

Classification of 2014 Tax-Forfeited Properties
The Dakota County Board of Commissioners will classify 2014 tax-forfeited property as either conservation or non-conservation. This will be done as part of the regular board meeting on July 7, 2015 at 9 a.m. in the County Board Room at the Administration CenterSee public notice.

Public auction completed
The Dakota County Board of Commissioners authorized a public sale of tax-forfeited properties. The auction has concluded. Remaining properties are available for sale “over the counter” at the Administration Center, 1590 Hwy 55 Hastings, Minnesota. If you have questions, please call 651-438-4576 or send an email to

TaxForfeitedPropertyOverTheCounter.pdfTax-Forfeited Properties Available Over The Counter

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.

Do your research before buying
The County recommends that you thoroughly research any tax-forfeited parcels before purchase.  Most liens and mortgages, except Federal and State tax liens, are canceled at the time of forfeiture, but it is the responsibility of the purchaser to verify this information.

You will also need to check environmental concerns for the property.

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: 

Last updated: 6/1/2015 6:25 AM