Forfeiture and Foreclosure Timeline

Year of Issue Delinquency Year Forfeiture Year Foreclosure & Beyond
July 1, 2019 March 2020 February 2021 April 1, 2022
Local Treasurer issues summer 2019 tax bill County buys unpaid 2019 taxes. County Treasurer begins delinquent tax collection (4% admin fee, 1% monthly interest added) Third notice mailed by certified mail Foreclosure. Property vests completely to the County Treasurer
September 16, 2019 May 2020 March 2021 August 2022
Summer tax bill is due County Treasurer mails delinquent tax notices Property is forfeited to County Treasurer.
$175 title search fee added, $60 recording fee added, 1.5% monthly interest, retroactive from previous year.
Tax auction
September 17, 2019 September 2020 June 2021 October 2022
Interest starts on summer tax bill, if not paid County Treasurer mails delinquent tax notices County Treasurer files petition of foreclosure to Circuit Court.
Personal visit is made to each property to serve notice on occupant
Second tax auction
December 1, 2019 October 2020 By December 15, 2021 December 2022
Local treasurer issues winter 2019 tax bill $15 fee added Fourth notice is mailed by certified mail.
Notice is published in a county newspaper twice.
$10 publication fee added.
Any unsold property is transferred to the city, village, or township. Unsold property not transferred is retained by the County.
February 29, 2020   January 2022  
Winter 2019 tax bill is due   Show Cause Hearing with County Treasurer to allow certain limited challenges to the property tax and pending foreclosure.

    February 2022  
    Foreclosure hearing at Circuit Court.  
    March 31, 2022  
    Last day to pay 2019 tax bill. All rights to redemption expire!  


For more information, please call the Van Buren County Treasurer at (269) 657-8228.