Washington DC's property sale for unpaid real estate taxes was canceled today. The annual sale was scheduled to begin today, but bidders occupying seats at 941 North Capitol Street were reportedly put on hold several times, only to be told in the afternoon that the tax sale was canceled "indefinitely." DC government officials confirmed that the sale was "postponed," and would be "rescheduled," but gave no timeline for the process.
Registration for the District's tax auction for property in tax arrears began August 31, and the auction was to have started today, lasting until all properties had been disposed of. While District officials would not comment further than to say that a challenge had been filed "to the District's right to set a threshold for the sale of delinquent real property taxes", sources said that the an investor and auction participant had filed a challenge to the process by which the District conducts auctions, seeking an injunction against the auction.
The District had delayed the previous tax sale due to the scandal in the Office of Tax and Revenue.