Trustee Office

Duties and Responsibilities

The Trustee Office protects and recovers taxes due and prevents their loss to the taxing authorities.  Our goal is always to provide service in an impartial, reasonable and efficient manner in order to fulfill our statutory duties.

The Trustee Office maintains, researches, sells or transfers real estate titles that have not been sold through the Collector of Revenue's delinquent tax auction after three consecutive Collector's auctions.  

The title must be at least three years delinquent in back owed real estate taxes.

View Parcel Inventory

You may view all of the inventory of available parcels for which back taxes are owed.

To do so, visit the Inventory of Trustee Parcels updated in February, 2019, which shows available properties for bid.  

You may properties by address that includes the municipality, zoning specifics, the square footage, number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, basement characteristics, along with the initial bid amount.  To begin, visit properties with buildings.

Vacant lots are listed as inventory only, and are not shown with a map view.

Bidding Process | Form Terms and Conditions

To bid on a trustee parcel, complete this Bid Form.

You must submit the original form.  It can be submitted by mail or in person. Please note that copies, fax copies or email copies are not accepted.

If the County Council accepts the bid for approval, payment shall be made within 30 days of the date on the notification letter. Payment will be in the form of a cashier’s check or money order made payable to the “Collector of Revenue”. 

A separate payment of $27.00 - $33.00 (depending on number of pages) is also required made payable to “Recorder of Deeds” for the recording of the deed. St. Louis County does not have clear title to tax properties; therefore, a clear title cannot be conveyed. 

A Trustee’s Deed is issued, which is similar to a quitclaim deed. Adjoining parcel owners will be contacted in order to enable them to bid on the parcel. 

Documentation to support that the bidder is current on real property taxes and personal property taxes must be attached to this bid form.

Trustee and Licensing Division

Address: Lawrence K. Roos Building Trustee Office / Licensing Division
41 South Central Avenue
Clayton, MO 63105-1799

(The Trustee Office is located in the Licensing Office on the fourth floor of the Lawrence K. Roos County Government Building.)
Phone Number: (314) 615-0129
Email: [email protected]
        or
visit the Contact Us page.
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.