Reference Number: 
CTAS-1603

Upon entry of an order confirming a sale of a parcel, a "right to redeem" shall vest in all interested persons. The right to redeem must be exercised within one year from the entry of the order confirming the sale. In order to redeem a parcel, the person entitled to redeem shall file a motion to such effect in the proceedings in which the parcel was sold. Prior to the filing of the motion to redeem, the movant shall pay to the clerk of the court an amount equal to the total amount of delinquent taxes, penalty, interest, court costs, and interest on the entire purchase price paid by the purchaser of the parcel. The interest shall be at the rate of one percent (1 %) per month, levied beginning on the date of sale and thereafter on the first day of each month and continuing until thirty days after the filing of the motion to redeem. If the entire amount owing is not timely paid to the clerk or if the motion to redeem is not timely filed, the redemption shall fail.

Upon the filing of the motion to redeem and the payment of the required amount, the clerk shall within ten days send a notice of the filing of the redemption motion to the purchaser and all persons entitled to redeem the parcel. The notice of redemption shall state the amount paid at the time of the filing of the motion and refer the persons to the provisions of T.C.A. § 67-5-2701. The purchaser may within thirty days after the mailing of the notice of redemption, file a response seeking additional funds to be paid by the proposed redeemer to compensate the purchaser for amounts expended by the purchaser for the purposes set out in T.C.A. § 67-5-2701(e). The response shall specifically set out the basis for each category of additional funds claimed. The response may also allege that the motion to redeem was not properly or timely filed. If no response is timely filed, the redemption shall be complete and the court shall cause an order to be entered declaring the same.

If the court determines that additional funds are owing by the proposed redeemer, the same shall be paid to the clerk prior to the later of the following dates: (1) The date of the expiration of the redemption period; or (2) Thirty days after the entry of the order allowing additional funds. If the court determines that no additional funds are owing, the court shall declare that the property has been redeemed. If the proposed redeemer fails to timely pay the full amount of any additional funds ordered by the court, the redemption shall fail and any funds paid by the proposed redeemer shall be refunded to him less the clerk's fee and any other court costs.

The court in which the proceedings are pending may order that any proposed redeemer shall also pay to the clerk the amount necessary to record any orders of the court in the office of the register of deeds. Such payment may be required to be paid upon the filing of the motion to redeem or upon determining whether any additional funds are to be allowed.

Upon any order pertaining to redemption becoming final, the clerk shall make such disbursements as are provided in the order. In the event all parties to the action waive their right to appeal all issues in the cause, the clerk shall immediately disburse all amounts owing.

Upon the court declaring that the redemption is complete, the sale shall be set aside. Any lienholder who redeems the parcel may thereafter proceed to foreclose upon the parcel or otherwise enforce such lien.1


     1T.C.A. § 67-5-2701. See 2014 Public Chapter 883, Section 17.