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The Horry County Forfeited Land Commission (FLC) is established by the State of South Carolina and is the governing body with regard to disposal of each property being in the best interest of the taxpayers of Horry County.


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About The Forfeited Lands Commission

A state-mandated, the Horry County Forfeited Land Commission (FLC) is a commission established by the State of South Carolina which consists of the County Treasurer, Auditor and Registrar of Deeds, who serve without compensation. The FLC Committee is the governing body with regard to disposal of each property being in the best interest of the taxpayers of Horry County.

Title 12, Chapter 59 of the SC Code of Laws creates a forfeited land commission in each of the state’s counties and prescribes its membership and duties. The purpose of the Forfeited Land Commission is to effect the sale of land forfeited in pursuance of the South Carolina Code of Laws, 1976, as amended 12-51-55; whereas the Delinquent Tax Collector at the tax sale submits the bid on behalf of the Forfeited Land Commission equal to the amount of all unpaid taxes, assessments, penalties and costs. At the end of the redemption period, properties held by the Forfeited Land Commission will be disposed of pursuant to the Policy and Procedures established by the Commission in the best interest of the County.

Properties become part of the Forfeited Land Commission (FLC) when they have been advertised and presented for auction at the annual Delinquent Tax sale but did not receive bid activity at or above the minimum bid. As the winning bidder, the FLC holds the assignment during the state mandated redemption period. The property then reverts to the FLC as the legal owner of said property after the end of the redemption period.

Properties owned by the FLC can be sold and deeded after the end of their redemption period, and assignments of the bids for those properties can be sold during the redemption period. This redemption period runs for one year and one day from the date of the tax sale at which the property was originally auctioned. On occasion properties owned by the FLC can be sold and deeded immediately because the one-year redemption period has passed.

 




Guidelines: Purchasing Property from the Forfeited Land Commission (FLC)

  • Bids will be accepted on properties which the FLC holds an assignment or owned by the FLC.
  • All bids will be considered but the FLC reserves the right to refuse any bid not in compliance with the guidelines or policies of the FLC.
  • The minimum bid included on the FLC property listing reflects all delinquent and current taxes plus penalties and costs, and a 15% Administrative Fee, as defined by the FLC.
  • Properties will be awarded to the Bidder with highest acceptable bid submitted.

 

FLC SEALED-BID INSTRUCTIONS

We will only accept your bid submitted on the FLC Bid Form and placed in a sealed envelope, please include the PIN number on the OUTSIDE of your sealed bid envelope, Monday through Friday from 9:00am until 4:00pm. Please send submissions to:

ATTN: Horry County FLC Sealed Bids
Horry County Treasurer
PO Box 1828
Conway, SC 29526

Sealed bids to be accepted until 4:00 PM Daily (Monday-Friday)
  • In the event of identical bids, the bidders will be notified.
  • In the event the bid amount is not satisfied in compliance with the FLC guidelines, the bid will be awarded to next highest bidder
  • The FLC will attempt to notify the successful bidder on the day of bid opening. The total amount is required to be paid in cash, a certified check or a money order to satisfy the total amount due no later than 1 week after notification of the bid award.
  • The total amount due will also include deed recording fees, deed stamp charges and deed preparation attorney fee, that is determined by the bid amount. The bidder must provide cash, certified check or money order to satisfy the amount due.
  • Unsuccessful bidders will not be contacted. All bids will be registered on acceptance and will be made available for viewing in the Horry County Treasurer’s office after award of the bid.
  • The successful Bidder is not allowed on the property premises until the sale from the FLC is finalized and a deed has been filed in the Register of Deeds office and recorded.
  • Pursuant to S.C. Code Section 12-51-70, should the bid amount not be paid, the defaulting bidder is liable and can be charged $500.00 for the bid default plus court costs. It is possible that you will be barred from any future tax sales or maybe required to submit a five hundred ($500) dollars fee (in cash or a certified check drawn on a recognized financial institution) with any future bid. This deposit will be applied towards the bid, if accepted, or returned if the bid is not accepted.
  • Receipts and tax titles will be issued in the name appearing on the bidder registration form
  • According to S.C Code Section 12-51-50, in case a defaulting taxpayer has more than one item to be sold, as soon as sufficient funds have been accrued to cover all of the defaulting taxpayer’s taxes, assessments, penalties, costs, and current year taxes, no further items will be sold. This is to protect the defaulting taxpayer from excessive redemption penalties. The bidder, however, is only entitled to the property actually sold and not the excess properties (children parcels) their bid paid as well. ASSIGNMENT OF BIDS, also, will only be accepted Monday through Friday from 9:00am until 4:00pm.
  • Bidder will not be issued any type of a warranty deed. “All property offered for sale by the Forfeited Land Commission of Horry County is offered on an “AS IS, WHERE IS” basis meaning that the deed transferring the property will be a “QUIT CLAIM” form transferring whatever interest the FLC may have acquired. It is solely the responsibility of the purchaser to determine whether or not the property is usable (local planning and zoning regulations, etc.). NO WARRANTY of any kind is offered to the purchaser.” It is in your best interest to have the deed researched and consider an action to ‘quiet title’.
  • A “quit claim” deed is issued conveying only the interest acquired by the FLC through the Delinquent Tax sale. It is advised that the property be researched and an action to ‘quiet title’ be performed by an attorney of choice.
  • Properties can be researched in our online GIS system using the information included on the FLC property listing.




Frequently Asked Questions about the FLC

What does the Forfeited Land Commission do?
The Horry County Forfeited Land Commission (FLC) sells assignments on properties not sold at the Horry County Delinquent Tax Sale. In addition, the FLC sells properties that it owns outright after the redemption period has elapsed. The FLC will accept offers to purchase these properties equal to the published price for each property. Offers to purchase will be considered in the order submitted. The FLC reserves the right to reject any offer to purchase that does not meet these published requirements.
What forms of payment does the FLC accept?
Payment will only be accepted in the form of cash or cashier’s check from a recognized financial institution and must be received within 1 week of bid being accepted by the FLC. All payments must be payable to the Horry County FLC.
How and Where do I submit my offer to purchase a property from the FLC?
Interested parties can submit sealed bid offers to purchase properties owned by the Horry County FLC. A separate “FLC Bid Form” must be completed for each property. Offers to purchase property from the FLC can be made in person Monday through Friday at the Horry County Treasurer’s Office or mailed by certified mail to:

ATTN: Horry County FLC Sealed Bids
Horry County Treasurer
PO Box 1828
Conway, SC 29526

What costs are associated with purchasing a property from the FLC?
The FLC will accept offers to purchase properties equal to the published price for each property or higher, and may consider lower amounts. All properties are sold “as is”. The FLC Bid amount includes all taxes, penalties, costs and administrative fees associated with the sale, (as defined by the FLC)
What steps are taken after I submit my bid to purchase a property from the FLC?
  1. The Horry County FLC members will meet as soon as practical to review submitted offers not sooner than fifteen days after the bid is submitted. The FLC reserves the right to only accept offers that are in the best interest of the County.
  2. The FLC will give notification that the offer has been accepted soon after the FLC has met and the decision has been made. The FLC will not notify parties of offers to purchase that were not accepted.
  3. Payment must be received no later than one (1) week after notification that the offer was accepted. Payment is required to be paid in cash or certified check from a recognized financial institution and must be made payable to Horry County FLC.
  4. Recording fees are included in the penalties and administrative costs are included in the FLC Bid amount. The recording fees are based on the amount of consideration paid for the property.
  5. You are not allowed on the premises until the sale from the FLC is finalized and the deed is recorded in the Register of Deeds (ROD) Office.
  6. A quit claim deed is issued conveying only the interest acquired by Horry County Forfeited Land Commission through the Delinquent tax sale. It is advised that the property be researched and an action to ‘Quiet Title’ be performed by an attorney.
  7. The property is sold “as is” and may be subject to other outstanding taxes by other jurisdictions

Horry County Forfeited Lands Commission Members:

Loris Eargle

Horry County Auditor 843-915-5050 EargleL@horrycounty.org

Marion D. Foxworth, III, Chair

Horry County Registrar of Deeds 843-915-5430 FoxworthM@horrycounty.org

Angie Jones

Horry County Treasurer 843-915-5470 JonesA@horrycounty.org

FLC Secretary: Larry Roscoe, Horry County Tax Assessor 843-915-5040 RosecoeL@horrycounty.org

Delinquent Tax Office: Crystal Montgomery 843-915-8700 MontgomC@horrycounty.org

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