Redemption Information

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If you are anyone other than the owner of the property, Navajo County requires you to complete an Affidavit of Right to Redeem Tax Lien (PDF)

42-18151. Who may redeem real property tax liens; persons owning partial interest

A. A real property tax lien that is sold under article 3 of this chapter may be redeemed by:

1. The owner.

2. Any person that wants to pay on behalf of the owner by making a charitable gift.

3. The owner's agent, assignee or attorney.

4. Any person who has a legal or equitable claim in the property, including a certificate of purchase of a different date.

B. A person who owns an interest in real property less than the whole may redeem a tax lien against that interest as a percentage of the entire liability reported by the county assessor by paying the proportionate part of the whole amount due.

42-18152. When lien may be fully redeemed; partial payment refund

A. A real property tax lien may be fully redeemed at any time:

1. Within three years after the date of sale.

2. After three years but before the delivery of a treasurer's deed to the purchaser or the purchaser's heirs or assigns.

B. A lien that has been partially redeemed under section 42-18056, subsection C must be fully redeemed before the delivery of a treasurer's deed to the purchaser.

C. The county treasurer shall refund all partial payment amounts impounded under section 42-18056, subsection E, to the person or persons or their heirs or assigns within thirty days after delivering the treasurer's deed to the purchaser.

42-18153. Amount required for redemption

To redeem a real property tax lien, a person must pay to the county treasurer:

1. The amount for which the real property tax lien was sold, with interest at the rate stated in the certificate of purchase.

2. The amount of all taxes accruing on the real property after the sale and paid by the purchaser and endorsed on the certificate of purchase, with interest on the subsequent taxes at the same rate as stated in the certificate of purchase.

3. Any statutory fees paid by the purchaser or the purchaser's assigns in connection with the certificate, except the processing fee imposed by section 42-18116, subsection C, with interest at the rate stated in the certificate of purchase except as otherwise provided by this chapter.

42-18154. Certificate of redemption; statement of partial payment; issuance; contents; fee

A. If a person requests to redeem a real property tax lien that was sold under article 3 of this chapter, and if the county treasurer is satisfied that the person has the right to redeem the tax lien, and if the person pays the amount due, the county treasurer shall issue to the person a certificate of redemption.

B. The certificate shall:

1. Describe the parcels on which the tax lien is redeemed.

2. State:

(a) The date of redemption.

(b) The amount paid.

(c) By whom redeemed.

C. If a person requests to make a partial payment on a certificate of purchase in a county with a population of more than three million persons and if the county treasurer is satisfied that the person has the right to make a partial payment and if the person pays the amount due pursuant to section 42-18056, subsection C, the treasurer shall issue to the person a statement of partial payment.  The partial payment statement shall:

1. Identify the person or entity making the partial payment.

2. Describe the parcels on which the partial payment is made.

3. State:

(a) The date of the partial payment.

(b) The amount paid.

(c) The amount remaining due to fully redeem the lien on the date of the partial payment.

D. For each certificate of redemption and statement of partial payment, the county treasurer shall:

1. Make the proper entries in the treasurer's record of tax lien sales.

2. Collect a fee of five dollars for the first and last partial payment and ten dollars for a full redemption if no partial payments were made.

E. A holder of a certificate of redemption may record the certificate in the office of the county recorder.

42-18155. Payment of redemption money to holder of certificate of purchase or registered certificate

A. On demand of any person who is entitled to redemption money held by the county treasurer, the treasurer shall pay the money to that person on the surrender of the certificate of purchase or on the redemption of the registered certificate for the redeemed tax lien.

B. If only a portion of the tax lien on the property described in the certificate of purchase or the registered certificate has been redeemed, the treasurer shall endorse on the certificate or annotate the record of the registered certificate the portion redeemed and the amount of money paid to the person holding the certificate and shall take a receipt for the money paid.