Parcels sold at auction may sell for more than what is owed to the Treasurer's Office. Per RCW 84.64.080 the excess amount is held for 3 years from the date of sale for the party and/or parties who held title to the property on the day the Treasurer filed the Certificate of Delinquency. If you were the title holder on the date of filing, you will receive a letter & application from the Treasurer's Office to claim your excess proceeds. You may be contacted by persons claiming you need assistance in applying for these excess proceeds. Per Washington State Law, if you held title when the Certificate of Delinquency was filed, the excess proceeds are yours and you will be notified by the Treasurer's Office with instructions on how to claim the excess proceeds.
Per Washington State Law, RCW 63.29.350 (1) It is unlawful for any person to seek or receive from any person or contract with any person for any fee or compensation for locating or purporting to locate any property which he or she knows has been reported or paid or delivered to the department of revenue pursuant to this chapter, or funds held by a county that are proceeds from a foreclosure for delinquent property taxes, assessments, or other liens, or, funds that are otherwise held by a county because of a person's failure to claim funds held as reimbursement for unowed taxes, fees, or other government charges, in excess of five percent of the value thereof returned to such owner. Any person violating this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined not less than the amount of the fee or charge he or she has sought or received or contracted for, and not more than ten times such amount, or imprisoned for not more than thirty days, or both.