Huron County Sheriff's Office
255 Shady Lane Drive
Norwalk, Ohio 44857
Phone: (419) 668-6912
Non-Emergency: (419) 663-2828
Sheriff's Sale FAQ
Can we see the house?
Sheriff Sales are sight unseen, except for the appraisal. We do not receive any keys to the properties and do not have access to the interior of the houses for sale. No arrangements can be made for an internal inspection of the properties before the sale by you, or after the sale by the bank or mortgage company. You are urged to view the property from the outside the best you can. The county Auditor's office can provide a printout on the property with property details. You are urged to consult with an attorney.
How do the sales work?
Liens are "marshaled" (placed in order and paid in order), and paid from the sale proceeds. A "deficiency judgement" is granted to the Plaintiff (lien holder) against the Defendant (homeowner) if enough money is not generated at the sale. The liens are the canceled. Information on liens can be found by contacting the Huron County Clerk of Courts office and the Huron County Treasurer's Office. You are urged to check out liens on the property and check with an attorney if you have questions.
Will I have to pay any more money?
Property sold at public auction may be subject to liens that may not be extinguished by the sale. The purchaser shall be responsible for costs, allowances and taxes that the proceeds from the sale are insufficient to cover. Purchasers of any such real property are urged to contact the attorney listed in each case and to search the indexes kept by the county recorder, clerk and treasurer to determine if any liens exist.
5. What if someone is living in the house?
If someone is living in the house and will not vacate, the Huron County Sheriff's Office will issue a "Writ of Possession", only after the deed is recorded and there are officially new owners of the property. As a general rule, most people are cooperative and remove themselves from the premises.
6. When do we get the keys to the property?
The sale is not final until the Judge signs a "Confirmation". The Defendant can redeem the property until the "Confirmation" is signed. If this happens, you will get your deposit returned. We must receive a "Judgement Entry" that the sale is set aside, and then would return any deposits.
The Plaintiff's Attorney prepares the "Confirmation" and submits it to the Judge for review and signing. This process can take some time, so please be patient.
When we receive the "Confirmation" we will call you. At that time, you will receive notice from us to pay the remaining balance of the money. As stated earlier, you are still not officially the owner until the deed is recorded.
We DO NOT receive keys for the houses. You are encouraged to get a locksmith to enter the house (when you are officially the owner). It is unknown how many or who might have the keys to the house, so this is encouraged for security purposes; however again, you may want to consult an attorney.
*****There are large amounts of money involved with foreclosure sales. Sales are buyer beware. You are responsible for checking out the property the best you can and judge for yourself if it is suitable for the purpose you intend. Consult with an attorney if you are in doubt.
PLEASE NOTE: The information contained in this section is not intended to constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. The Huron County Sheriff's Office is not an attorney and therefore cannot give legal advice. This is just general information and some information may not be applicable in specific situations. If you have questions regarding a specific situation, you are urged to contact your own attorney.