Tax Sale Process
Preparations are now under way for a Tax Sales to be held on May 4, 2018. If you are a taxpayer in the Town of Berwick and your tax is two or more years in arrears, your property could be sold at tax sale.
For those accounts in arrears, a Preliminary Notice of Tax Sale will be mailed to the property owner(s) at the current address on file on January 3, 2018.
From the date of this notice, the tax payer has fourteen (14) days to settle their account or to contact the Municipal Office and make payment arrangements by January 17, 2018.
Once the preliminary notice has expired, a title search is conducted on the property and the costs associated with this search become part of the expense of the sale and a lien on the property.
A formal Notice of Tax Sale is prepared next and comprises the arrears of rates and taxes, interest, legal and title search costs, land registration fees, advertising charges and administration costs.
This formal notice of tax sale is mailed to the account holder via registered mail. Sixty (60) days after the date of the Notice of Tax Sale, the property will be advertised in Annapolis Valley Register on March 4, 2018.
There is a sixty (60) day period from the date of this notice where the account holder has the opportunity to pay their arrears, plus all costs incurred to date of payment.
If full payment is made within these sixty days, then the property does not get advertised in the Annapolis Valley Register and is pulled from the sale.
The first public advertisement will appear no sooner than sixty days from the date on the Notice of Tax Sale.
A second notice is published within the thirty (30) days prior to the sale.
A physical poster is also displayed in a prominent place on the property slated for sale.
The property owner has up to the day before the sale (Sale Date: May 4, 2018) to pay their account balance and avoid having their property auctioned at the sale.