Tax Foreclosure Sale

How to Participate in the Next Tax Sale

Riley County real estate tax foreclosure sales are held periodically to collect unpaid real estate taxes. This information will help you understand the sale process and assist you in purchasing property at the next tax sale. 

Before the Auction

Approximately 30 days before the next tax sale, notice of the sale will be published in the Manhattan Mercury on three consecutive Sundays. You may contact the newspaper at 318 N. 5th St., 
Manhattan KS 66502, or call 785-776-8808 for subscription information.
Another option would be to visit our website at and sign up for the "Notify Me" service under "Online Services."

It is your responsibility to acquire information about the properties that interest you to determine if they are suitable for your use.

You may want to:

  • Determine the location and type of property
  • Check with the city or county for zoning and building limitations
  • Check with the County Appraiser for assessed value and current tax rates
  • Check with the Register of Deeds for easements and restrictive covenants
  • View the property (in person or via the Tax Sale Map App)
The current owner(s) may redeem the property at any time prior to the day of sale. A list of properties which have been included in the sale publication but which have been redeemed prior to the sale will be announced as redeemed at the sale. They will not be offered for sale.

The Auction

The properties will be sold by public auction to the highest qualified bidder. Bidders are reminded that the auctioneer's acceptance of the high bid constitutes an enforceable contract. The County has the right to bid on properties up to the amount of taxes and interest owed. Some properties may sell for less than the taxes owed, some may sell for more.


Registration prior to the sale is required. No bids will be accepted unless the bidder has registered. You may pre-register online (until the cut-off date designated by Administrative Services) accessing the Bidder Registration form on this page and your bidder's affidavit will be ready for signature the morning of the sale or manual registration will be held the morning of the sale, beginning at 8:45 am. No person may register as a bidder if that person is the record owner of any real estate located in Riley County, Kansas, upon which there are any delinquent ad valorem property taxes or delinquent special assessments in existence as reflected by the records of the County Treasurer (K.S.A. 79-2812).

State law provides that no tract shall be sold either directly or indirectly to any person having a statutory right to redeem the real estate prior to sale for a bid amount which is less than the judgment lien, interest cost charges and expenses of the proceeding in the sale.

If a tract purchased at the sale is transferred, sold, given or otherwise conveyed to any person who did have a statutory right to redeem such tract prior to such sale, within 10 years from the date of the auction, such person shall be liable for an amount equal to the original judgment lien and interest thereon from the date of the public auction (personal judgment).  Each successful bidder will be required to sign an affidavit which shall be filed with the Clerk of the District Court stating the purchase was not directly or indirectly made for any of the following:

  1. Any person having the statutory right to redeem such real estate prior to the sale, pursuant to the provisions of K.S.A. 79-2803, as amended;
  2. Any person who held an interest in such real estate as owner or holder of the record title, or any mortgagee or assignee that held an interest in such real estate, at any time when any tax constituting part of the County's judgment became due;
  3. Any parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, spouse, sibling, and trustee or trust beneficiary of any person enumerated in paragraph (2);
  4. Any current or former stockholder, current officer or director of a corporation holding title to such real estate, or any person having a relationship enumerated in paragraph (3) to such stockholder, officer or director.
Properties will be sold by item number, legal description and by county tax identification number. If the property is subject to a federal tax lien or federal judgment lien such lien will be so designated when it is sold.  Properties are sold as is. There are no warranties.

Payment and Fees

All properties must be paid for on the day of the sale. Cash or checks as well as debit or credit cards are accepted. There is a 2.5% processing fee when using debit or credit cards.  Checks should be made payable to the Clerk of the District Court.  The buyer will receive a receipt upon payment. State law requires that an $15 recording fee be collected at the time payment is made, and there is an additional charge of $11 per page after the first page. The clerk will estimate these charges. Overcharges will be returned to the buyer. Undercharges must be paid prior to recording.

After the Auction

The court will hold a hearing approximately 30 days after the auction to determine whether to confirm the sales. Deeds cannot be issued until after confirmation of the sale. After filing, the deed will be mailed by the Register of Deeds to the buyer. There is no redemption period after the sale except for properties subject to a federal lien. Deeds for properties without a federal tax lien will be issued and recorded by the Director of the Riley County Police Department, as required by statute, after checks clear and after confirmation by the court. Deeds for properties subject to a federal lien will not be issued until the expiration of the federal redemption period, and then only if there has been no redemption. The redemption period for a federal tax lien is 120 days from the date of the sale; the redemption period for a federal judgment lien is one year from the date of sale.