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Sheriff Sales

Sheriff's Sales of Civil court cases involving foreclosed property are held in the Jury Assembly Room of the District Court located in the lower level of the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center Building, 111 E. 11th St., Lawrence, KS. Sales are held every Thursday promptly at 10:00 am except for holidays or otherwise advertised.

Sheriff's Sales are advertised in the local paper three times beginning three weeks before the scheduled sale; 

Click here for a complete list of foreclosures scheduled for Sheriff's Sale.

To obtain the legal descriptions, call the Clerk of the District Court at (785) 832-5356 or the County Clerk 's Office at (785) 832-5160 or the County Appraiser's Office at (785) 832-5290. Have the case number associated with the sale ready or the homeowner's name (defendant) or the street address. This will allow the county employees to best serve you.

As an interested party to a Sheriff’s sale, please know you have no legal access to the property. The homeowner has legal possession of the property. Properties are sold ”as is" with no implied or expressed warranty.

The attorney for the Plaintiff (usually the lending institution) makes the opening bid on a Sheriff’s Sale property and then the bidding is open to the public. The property is sold to the highest bidder.

As a successful bidder, you must have the FULL amount of the bid delivered to the Douglas County Clerk of the District Court within 2 hours of the sale. Monies for the sale can be cash, certified check or money orders. Buyers should be prepared to pay the full purchase before the sale.

If there is past due taxes on the property, it is the responsibility of the successful bidder to pay them in order to create a free and clear title.

A redemption period is set for each case by the presiding judge. Most redemption periods are 90 days, but can be 365 days, depending on how much is still owed on the property's loan. During this period, the owner may retain possession of the property if the bid amount and any other associated costs are paid. During the redemption period, the successful bidder has no legal right to access the property and the defendant can still reside and maintain possession of the property.

Cancellation of sale on a piece of property can happen up until the advertised sale. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has no control over these events.

Contact us here for questions regarding Sheriff's Sales.

Sheriff Ken McGovern

Sheriff McGovern

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27.07.2014