Baltimore City tax sale 2014

Every spring, the city posts a list of properties with unpaid property taxes or water bills that could be sold at an annual sale of tax liens in May. Lien purchasers pay off the debt to the city, and can then seek repayment from the property owners, plus 18 percent interest and legal fees. They also have the right for two years to foreclose on a property as a way to force the owner to pay.

In 2014, about 23,800 properties throughout the city were on the March list (mapped below), which includes bills starting at $250. Some bills will be paid before the auction. Janice J. Simmons, chief of the Bureau of Revenue Collection, said the city expects to offer about 10,000 at the auction, a number similar to last year. More information is available at the city's tax certificate auction website, www.bidbaltimore.com