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Sale to Prior Owner (Repurchase)


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Most all types of tax forfeited land can be repurchased before it is sold or conveyed. The only individual allowed to file a repurchase is a prior owner.  There is a limited timeframe in which to apply to get your property back once it has forfeited to the State.  Only a limited group of individuals qualify as a prior owner for a repurchase.

Who can Repurchase?

Per Minnesota Statute, section 282.241, the privilege to repurchase a parcel of tax forfeited land is limited to the following parties:

  • Owner at the time of forfeiture 
    • Typically this is the party who holds the legal title to the property and that title is recorded in the county recorder’s office or registrar of titles office. 
  • Property owner’s heirs, devisees, or representatives
    • Typically this is the party who holds a legal interest in the property of a former owner who is deceased or the personal representative who is appointed by a Probate Court.
  • Any person to whom the right to pay taxes was given by statute, mortgage, or other agreement
    • Example #1:   A mortgagee (lender) who has taken a mortgage on the parcel as security for repayment of a debt.
    • Example #2:   The buyer under a contract for deed who is listed in the county tax rolls as the taxpayer of record.

Any other party with a legal interest in the property who does not have the statutory or contractual right to pay the property taxes is not authorized to repurchase.

Time Period for Repurchase

Homestead Property

Any parcel which was classified as homestead property on the date of forfeiture may be repurchased anytime before it is sold or conveyed to a third party.

  • The county is not required to give the property owner a certain amount of time to repurchase before selling or conveying a parcel; it may be sold anytime after the forfeiture.
  • If the parcel is sold or conveyed, the privilege of repurchasing automatically ends at the time of the sale or conveyance.

Non-homestead Property

Any parcel which was classified as non-homestead property on the date of forfeiture may be repurchased anytime within one year from the date of forfeiture, providing it has not already been sold or conveyed.

  • The county is not required to wait one year before selling or conveying a parcel; it may be sold or conveyed anytime during the one-year window of time for repurchasing. 
  • If the parcel is sold or conveyed, the privilege of repurchasing automatically ends at the time of the sale or conveyance. 
Repurchase Price

A parcel can be repurchased for the basic repurchase price. The repurchase price is equal to the sum of all: 

  • Cancelled taxes, including all delinquent real property taxes, plus penalties, accrued interest and costs attributable to the taxes.  
  • All property taxes plus penalties, interest and costs on those taxes for the taxes payable year following the year of the forfeiture and all subsequent years through the year of repurchase.
  • All delinquent special assessments cancelled at the time of forfeiture, plus penalties, accrued interest and costs attributable to those assessments.
  • Special assessments not levied between the date of forfeiture and the date of repurchase.  
  • Any additional costs and interest relating to taxes or assessments accrued between the date of forfeiture and the date of repurchase.
  • All maintenance costs accrued between the date of forfeiture and the date of repurchase.
  • Extra costs related to repurchase and recording of deed.
    • Administrative service fee - $250.00 – due at the time the application is submitted.
    • State deed fee – $25.00
    • State deed tax – 0.34 x repurchase amount, with a minimum amount of $1.70.
    • Maintenance costs incurred from the date of forfeiture through the effective date of repurchase
    • Deed recording fee - $46.00 per deed
    • Agricultural conservation fee - $5.00
Quick Overview of Process

It is important to remember that a prior owner does not have a right to repurchase; they have the privilege of submitting a written application to the county board requesting to repurchase. 

  1. Prior owner submits an application to the Tax Forfeited Land section for processing
    • pays $250 administrative fee
  2. Tax Forfeited Land section submits application to the municipality property is located in for recommendation
  3. Municipality reviews property history for code violations, nuisance property  issues and police calls
  4. Municipality makes recommendation, by resolution, to county board to approve or deny application
  5. Application is submitted to the county board for recommendation
    • County Board must determine one of the following conditions to be true for approval:
      • An undue hardship or injustice resulting from the tax forfeiture will be corrected by the repurchase
      • The repurchase will best serve the public interest
  6. Application is approved or denied by the County Board

Note:  There is no appeal process if the County Board denies an application.

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