CLERK OF COURT & COMPTROLLER
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
Important information regarding updates (effective April 1, 2021)
Pursuant to the directives provided in the 13th Judicial Circuit Administrative Order S-2021-14 [external 3rd party link], all proposed Uniform Final Judgments of Foreclosure and proposed Orders to Reschedule Judicial Sales must be electronically filed with the court through the Florida Courts E-Filing Portal.
Plaintiffs should no longer file proposed Certificates of Sale, Certificates of Title, or Certificates of Disbursement nor pre-addressed envelopes with the Clerk. The Clerk’s Office will generate these documents and serve them upon the parties and counsel in compliance with Florida Law. These changes are in support of the court system’s desire to operate in a paperless environment.
In addition to the above changes, if the plaintiff fails to pay the Clerk's judicial sale fee in accordance with sections 45.035(1) and 45.035(3), Florida Statutes (2020), no later than 8:00 AM on the day of the scheduled sale, the Clerk will cancel the judicial sale.
The Circuit Civil Department of the Clerk's Office is responsible for conducting foreclosure sales in accordance with Florida Statute 45 [external 3rd party link].
A $70 service charge shall be assessed as costs and paid when filing for an electronic sale date, pursuant to Florida Statute 45.035(3) and Administrative Order Circuit Civil Division [external 3rd party link]. Pursuant to Administrative Order Circuit Civil Division [external 3rd party link], the most current Uniform Final Judgment form must be used. The Uniform Final Judgment of Foreclosure form [external 3rd party link] states that the Clerk will not issue the Certificate of Title if the electronic sales fee is not paid.
The $70 service charge established pursuant to Florida Statute 45.035(1) [external 3rd party link] will continue to be assessed and paid for by the plaintiff on the day of the judicial sale. Failure to pay any judicial sale fee by 8:00 AM on the day of the sale will result in the cancellation of the schedule sale.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can research foreclosure sales cases online using our RealAuction application which provides online auction sales information.
If you require legal advice or need additional information, you may want to consult an attorney licensed in the state of Florida or some other qualified source (such as a title company or law library).
Pursuant to Administrative Order Circuit Civil Division [external link], it is the plaintiff’s or plaintiff’s counsel’s responsibility to provide the completed Notice of Sale to the newspaper for legal publication. Each notice must be prepared in accordance with sale requirements in section 2 of Florida Statute 45.031. The original Notice of Sale and Proof of Publication must be filed with the Clerk's Office at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled sale date.
Sales are held every weekday, Monday through Friday at 10:00 a.m. online at Hillsborough County Clerk of Courts Foreclosure Sales. Representatives for the plaintiff must pay for the $70.00 sale fee no later than 8:00 am on the scheduled day of sale through the online sales site. A list of the properties scheduled for sale is available online at Hillsborough County Clerk of Courts Foreclosure Sales. Any interested party is responsible for doing their own research in connection with the property or hiring someone to perform the research. Sales are advertised in local legal newspapers in their classified sections under "Notices of Sale." You are encouraged to visit the online sales site prior to bidding on a property to become familiar with the requirements.
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Any persons interested in purchasing property during a foreclosure sale are encouraged to thoroughly review the court files and/or official records of the Clerk's Office to determine if there are any outstanding liens or encumbrances existing against the property in question, other than the foreclosing lien. The Clerk's Office cannot determine whether a lien will survive the foreclosure sale. All court files scheduled for a Clerk's foreclosure sale are maintained at the Edgecomb Courthouse in Room 101.
A Certificate of Sale is issued by the Clerk's Office provided all required sale proceeds are paid in full.
A Certificate of Title is issued by the Clerk's Office after ten (10) full calendar days have elapsed from the issuance of the Certificate of Sale and provided there is no other pending action relating to the subject proceeding.
A sale will be cancelled by the Clerk only if the following conditions exist: