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Revenue and Taxation Code - RTC


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

PART 7. REDEMPTION [4101 - 4379]

  ( Part 7 enacted by Stats. 1939, Ch. 154. )

CHAPTER 4. Preparation of Abstract Lists [4372 - 4379]
  ( Chapter 4 repealed and added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 694. )


The abstract list shall contain all information in the rolls from which it is prepared relating to unpaid items and shall be in such form, to be approved by the Controller, as may be most easily and accurately used in effecting the redemption of property thereon.

(Amended by Stats. 1949, Ch. 241.)


Each year after property becomes tax defaulted by operation of law, the tax collector shall insert in the abstract list, or prepare an abstract list of, unpaid items from the roll in which the tax-defaulted properties are recorded.

(Amended by Stats. 1985, Ch. 316, Sec. 59.)


Upon completion of any abstract list or the insertion of new information therein the auditor shall certify thereon that it contains a true and correct statement of all information relating to property on which all or any part of the taxes are unpaid which is contained in the rolls specified by the auditor in the certificate. All entries formerly required by law to be made on the specified rolls shall thereafter be made on the abstract lists.

(Amended by Stats. 1949, Ch. 241.)


When defects in description or form or clerical errors occur because of the preparation of the abstract list, they may be corrected on the abstract list under the same conditions, except as to time, and in the same manner as they would be corrected if they occurred on any secured roll or delinquent roll.

(Added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 694.)


The abstract list, or a copy certified by the tax collector, showing unpaid taxes against any property, is prima facie evidence of the assessment, the property assessed, the delinquency, the amount of taxes due and unpaid, and that there has been compliance with all forms of law relating to assessment, equalization, and levy of the taxes.

(Amended by Stats. 1974, Ch. 1101.)


Any delinquent tax roll and original secured roll on which it is based containing the information set forth in the abstract list may be destroyed by the county officer or officers in possession of the rolls if (a) the destruction, in all cases, has first been approved by order of the board of supervisors of the county, (b) the abstract list has first been certified as correct and complete by the county auditor, and (c) a certified, permanent record on a substitute media has been prepared in accordance with Section 26205 of the Government Code and the substitute media will be retained for at least 12 years from the date of the creation of the original document. The substitute media may also be destroyed following the expiration of the 12-year retention period.

The abstract list prepared under Section 4373, or any photographic record thereof, shall be retained by the tax collector for at least two years after the time the lien has been removed.

(Amended by Stats. 1991, Ch. 532, Sec. 33.)


Upon the destruction of the delinquent tax roll and the original secured roll pursuant to Section 4377, any property or interest therein which theretofore became delinquent but does not appear in the abstract list shall conclusively be presumed to have been redeemed and the delinquency satisfied and any notices of tax default and power of sale canceled, unless there then appears of record in the proper county a tax deed on sale thereof pursuant to this division. However, the conclusive presumption of payment and redemption prior to sale pursuant to this division shall not apply as against a tax deed issued within one year prior to the destruction of the delinquent tax roll and original secured roll, unless the tax deed was not recorded, in the proper county, within one year after the date of the deed.

(Amended by Stats. 1985, Ch. 316, Sec. 60.)


No proceeding or defense based upon a right or claim under a tax deed issued pursuant to this division upon property or any interest therein not appearing upon the abstract list shall be maintained or asserted after the destruction of the delinquent tax roll and original secured roll pursuant to Section 4377 unless the tax deed was recorded in the proper county at the date of the destruction or within one year after the date of the deed, whichever is later. If the proceeding or defense is barred by this section, the only recourse of the grantee in the tax deed, or the grantee’s successor in interest, shall be to obtain a refund in the manner prescribed in Section 3729 upon claim made within one year after the bar arises.

(Amended by Stats. 1985, Ch. 316, Sec. 61.)

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