Tax Title Process

What is a Tax Title? 

A Tax Title is a lien placed on a property for nonpayment of property taxes. The Tax Title gives the City the right to foreclose on the delinquent property and so claim right to ownership as well as the right to sell the tax lien on the property in a public auction to a winning bidder.

What are my options if I have a Tax Title for nonpayment of taxes?

The tax title lien is used to enforce collection of property taxes and is removed when the property tax account is paid in full with the City Treasurer.  

A taxpayer currently may redeem the property by:

  • Making full payment of all taxes, interest and fees with the City Treasurer. Once paid in full the Treasurer can issue and file (with the registry of deeds for a fee) an official acknowledgement called “certificate of redemption”, showing that the account has been paid in full, including all delinquent property taxes, penalties, fees and interest owed on the property. 

The option of entering into a Tax Title Payment Agreement is still under review and may be considered and offered in the near future. 

Please contact the Treasurer’s office for more information and for payoff balances, redemption certificates and payments at 978-674-1702.