Tax Sales are held on the first floor of the Champaign County Courthouse at 200 North Main Street, Urbana, Ohio. You will enter through the main doors and go through security screening.


The legal description of all properties may be obtained by viewing the case file at the Champaign County Clerk of Courts.


Purchasers are required to pay the full amount of the purchase price ON THE DAY OF SALE.

Payment process:

  1. Immediately following the sale, you will pay the minimum bid amount via certified check or money order payable to: Champaign County Sheriff’s Office.

  2. By 2:00 p.m. on the day of sale, you will pay the remaining balance on the purchase price via certified check or money order payable to: Champaign County Sheriff’s Office.

Absolutely no exceptions to this requirement.  




  1. Your successful bid is a legal binding contract to purchase property in Champaign County. If at time during this process you choose or are unable to complete the sale, you must contact our office at the number listed above the Champaign County Common Pleas Court at 937-484-1000.

  2. You do not own this property at this time. As such, you have no right to be present, make changes, remove items from, or place items on this property without permission granted from the court.

  3. If you feel the need to secure your investment or receive permission to be on the property prior to you officially obtaining the deed and complete   ownership of the property, you will need to file a written request with the Champaign County Common Pleas Court Clerk, Attention: Judge Nick A. Selvaggio. The clerk will notify you of the judge’s response to your written request.

  4. After the required documents are compiled from our office and from the attorney representing the financial institution holding the current mortgage and processed, the case continues through the court system. The judge must review all documents and records of the sale, approve the sale as complete, and order any costs or remaining balances on the cases. The judge then signs a confirming entry which makes the sale legal and binding.

  5. Upon receipt of the confirming entry, the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office prepares the deed and obtains the signature of the Sheriff. The Sheriff’s Office will contact you to arrange pickup of the deed. You are responsible for recording and conveyance fees.

  6. WRITS OF POSSESSION The Sheriff’s Office will not post a Writ of Possession until the deed has been recorded and ownership of the property has been transferred.