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Public Auctions

The Treasurer & Collector of Taxes periodically holds public auctions for land and/or property that fits into one of three categories described below. All public notices, registration forms, property listings and related content is subject to change and should be checked periodically for updates.

Tax Foreclosure

The following provides a list of tax foreclosures in which title has been vested in the name of the City by a decree of the Land Court. These properties are under the care, custody and control of the Tax Title Custodian. The sale, (disposition) of these properties are through public auction as allowed by statute. If you are interested in any of the properties you may contact the Treasurer & Collector of Taxes and request that it be offered at the next foreclosure auction.

Tax Collector's Deed Sale

The liens being offered in a sale of the Collector's Deeds have NOT been foreclosed by the City of Worcester. This is the initial step which could result in the foreclosure of the tax title being created by the Collector's Deed. The owner of the property subject to a Tax Collector's Deed has the absolute right to redeem the property by paying the accrued taxes and other allowable charges prior to entry of a foreclosure judgment by the Massachusetts Land Court. Payment may be made to either the purchaser of the Tax Collector's Deed or to the City Treasurer pursuant to M.G.L. Chapter 60, Section 63.

The Tax Collector's Deed confers no right to possession of the property prior to entry of a foreclosure judgment by the Massachusetts Land Court.

Tax Lien Assignment Sale

The liens being offered in an Assignment of Tax Title Auction have NOT been foreclosed by the City of Worcester. Under M.G.L. Chapter 60, Section 52, the Treasurer may assign and transfer the Tax Title held by the City of Worcester covering these parcels to the highest bidder at public auction, for all taxes (with interest) and all other charges of any balance of said taxes, unless these fees have been paid in full before the auction date.

Please note that any Assignee of a Tax Title has no right to possession of the real estate until the Massachusetts Land Court has entered a Judgment of Foreclosure of the Right of Redemption.

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