All interested parties should be present at 8:30 a.m. on the day of the sale, so they can sign up and obtain a number. This will facilitate the work of city officials conducting the sale.
An updated list of properties being put up for sale will be distributed, along with a copy of sale conditions. Anyone wishing to buy a property may consult the unofficial plan made available for further information.
The tax sale starts at 10 am. A city official reads the terms of sale and then begins auctioning off the properties in the order in which they appear on the list.
Please note that an owner can pay the outstanding balance at any time prior to the sale and the property in question will be removed from the list. Properties may, accordingly, be taken off the list at any time of the day.
When a property is put up for sale, anyone wishing to bid must step up to one of the microphones and do so. Bidders must give their name, address, occupation and state if they are bidding for themselves, for another person or for a business entity.
The property will, after three calls, be sold to the highest bidder.
The buyer must at that time pay the full amount of his or her bid along with any applicable taxes (GST/QST), in cash, certified cheque or bank draft. Neither credit nor debit cards will be accepted.
The city clerk (or the latter’s assistant) will then give the successful bidder a certification of sale by auction.
Once a sale is finalized, the next property is auctioned.