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Revenue and Taxation Code - RTC


  ( Division 1 enacted by Stats. 1939, Ch. 154. )

PART 6. TAX SALES [3351 - 3972]

  ( Part 6 enacted by Stats. 1939, Ch. 154. )

CHAPTER 1. Publication of Delinquent List and Notice of Sale [3351 - 3385]

  ( Chapter 1 enacted by Stats. 1939, Ch. 154. )

ARTICLE 1.7. Published Delinquent List [3371 - 3376]
  ( Article 1.7 added by Stats. 1967, Ch. 894. )


(a) Annually, on or before September 8, the tax collector shall publish the affidavit that the real property on which the taxes, assessments, penalties, and costs had not been fully paid are in default, together with a list of all that real property. However, in any county that mails delinquent notices to the assessees of record before June 30, the tax collector shall publish the affidavit and list of all that real property on or before September 8 of the year following the date of default.

(b) If the tax collector sends reminder notices prior to the close of the fiscal year and annually sends a redemption notice of prior year due taxes, the delinquent notice described in subdivision (a) may be published only for those properties that have been tax-delinquent for three or more years and for which the latest reminder notice or redemption notice was returned to the tax collector as undeliverable.

(Amended by Stats. 2003, Ch. 199, Sec. 5. Effective January 1, 2004.)


The notice shall show:

(a) The affidavit of tax default.

(b) The fact that the real property may be redeemed by the payment of the amount of defaulted taxes together with those additional penalties and fees as prescribed by law, or that the real property may be redeemed under an installment plan of redemption.

(c) The official who will furnish all information concerning redemption.

(d) The following information relating to each assessment of tax-defaulted property:

(1) The name of the assessee, and where there is more than one valuation the name of the assessee need be listed only once. For the purposes of this section, the name of the assessee may be the name of the assessee as shown on the current roll.

(2) The description of the property.

(3) The total amount necessary to redeem the property as of the date specified in the publication.

This information required to be published is the “published delinquent list.” If any tax-defaulted property is redeemed, the information relating to the property may be omitted from any publication.

(Amended by Stats. 2007, Ch. 340, Sec. 6. Effective January 1, 2008.)


Except as provided in Article 1.8 (commencing with Section 3381), the publication shall be made pursuant to Section 6063 of the Government Code in the county. If no newspaper of general circulation is published in the county, the publication shall be made by posting in three public places in the county.

The cost of publication shall be at no more than the rate fixed by the board of supervisors for other county advertising.

(Added by Stats. 1967, Ch. 894.)


Immediately after the publication is completed, the tax collector shall file with the county recorder a copy of the publication and an attached affidavit. This affidavit is prima facie evidence of the facts stated. The affidavit shall show:

(a) That it is affixed to a true copy of the publication.

(b) The manner of publication.

(c) If the publication was in a newspaper, its name and place of publication and the date of each appearance.

(d) If not published in a newspaper, the places of posting.

The county recorder may destroy such publications and affidavits that have been on file in the recorder’s office for more than seven years.

(Amended by Stats. 1975, Ch. 155.)


The county tax collector or assessor, whichever is applicable, shall notify the Controller within 60 days, in the manner as the Controller shall direct, of all property subject to a “Notice of Lien for Postponed Property Taxes” recorded pursuant to Section 16182 of the Government Code and for which notice of any of the following has been expeditiously processed:

(a)  Becomes tax defaulted subsequent to the date of entry on the secured roll of the information required by subdivision (a) of Section 2514; or

(b) The claimant of which transfers ownership or changes his or her mailing address, and the property is a residential property; or

(c) The claimant of which has been determined to be deceased.

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 703, Sec. 19. (AB 2231) Effective September 28, 2014.)


(a) Upon request of the tax collector, the Controller shall provide to the tax collector information that is required for the preparation and enforcement of the sale of property under Part 6 (commencing with Section 3351) of Division 1. This information may include social security numbers.

(b) The tax collector or his or her designee shall certify, under penalty of perjury, to the Controller, that the information requested pursuant to subdivision (a) is required for the purposes specified in subdivision (a).

(c) Any information provided to the tax collector pursuant subdivision (a) is not a public record and is not open to public inspection.

(d) In the event of a tax-defaulted property sale, the tax collector or assessor shall include the outstanding balance of the property tax postponement loan in the minimum bid. Should the property fail to receive the minimum bid, and the minimum bid is reduced, all moneys paid to the Controller’s office and county tax collector shall be a proportionate allocation of the total moneys owed.

(Added by Stats. 2014, Ch. 703, Sec. 20. (AB 2231) Effective September 28, 2014.)

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