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Tax Sale

As per section 645 of the Local Government Act, the City is required to sell at tax sale, all properties with three years of outstanding property taxes. For more information about the annual municipal tax sale, please refer to the Local Government Act, part 16, sections 645-672.

If you have delinquent taxes and want to inquire about your current balance or have any questions, please contact us at 250-391-3410. You only need to pay the delinquent taxes and interest to avoid tax sale. These are the taxes outstanding from 2018. If you don't pay them, we must sell your property at tax sale.

2020 Tax Sale Properties

The 2020 tax sale is scheduled to take place on September 28, 2020, at 10am in Council Chambers. 


  • The Local Government Act requires the City to advertise tax sale properties in two issues of a local newspaper.
  • 2020 tax sale properties in Langford will be advertised in the Goldstream Gazette.

Tax Sale Auction

  • The tax sale public auction takes place each year on the last Monday of September at 10 a.m., in Council Chambers. The 2020 tax sale is scheduled to take place on September 28, 2020, at 10am in Council Chambers. 
  • The properties are sold “as is” and the municipality makes no representation, express or implied, as to the condition or quality of the properties being offered for sale. It is the responsibility of prospective bidders to search the title of the property in advance to determine if there are any charges registered against the property.
  • The minimum bid is the amount of the upset price, which consists of:
    • The sum of all property taxes outstanding as at the date of the tax sale
    • Plus all applicable penalties and interest
    • Plus an additional 5% of all taxes, penalties and interest
    • Plus all applicable Land Title Act fees
  • If no bidding takes place within three calls by the Collector (auctioneer), the City is declared the purchaser at the upset price.

Purchasing a Tax Sale Property

  • Acceptable payment methods include cash, Interac (please ensure your Interac limit is sufficient), or certified cheque.
  • A successful bidder must immediately pay the upset price. Any remaining balance owing must be received by the City of Langford no later than 3 pm on the date of the tax sale. If payment in full is not received on time, the Collector will again offer the property for sale at 10 a.m. the following day.


  • In order to buy back your property after it's been sold in a tax sale, you have one year from the date of tax sale to do so. You'll need to pay:
    • The upset price (see breakdown above)
    • All costs for maintenance of the property
    • Taxes advanced by the purchaser
    • Interest, on the purchase price, from the tax sale date to the date of redemption
  • When property is sold at an annual tax sale under the Local Government Act, all rights held by persons who, at the time of the tax sale, were an owner of the property or the registered owner of a registered charge on the property, immediately cease to exist, except as follows:
    • The right of redemption
    • The right to bring an action to set aside the Tax Sale
    • The right to possession
  • During the redemption period, the registered owner at the time of the tax sale retains the right to possession, and may reside at the property for up to one year from the date of the tax sale.  The purchaser has the right to enter the property only to maintain it in a proper condition and to prevent waste during this period.

Property Not Redeemed

  • If a property sold at tax sale is not redeemed, the Collector registers the purchaser as the new owner with the Land Titles office. This cancels all previous registered charges, except for those set out in the Land Title Act.

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