If a homeowner or the owner of commercial property fails to pay property taxes, that property may eventually be sold by a city or county municipality at a tax sale (also known as a sheriff's sale or an upset sale). These sales are part of the foreclosure process as stipulated in Pennsylvania's Real Estate Tax Sale Act (RETSA).
Has this ever happened to you? Your friend tells you about her great plans to renovate her kitchen - new cabinets, granite counter tops, maybe a stainless steel fridge, but when you ask her how the project is going a few months later, she sadly shakes her head and replies, "Can you believe it? We paid the contractor half of the money up front for supplies, he started the job, but then he just disappeared and my kitchen is a wreck."