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If someone is living in the house and will not vacate, the Sheriff’s Office will remove them on issue of a Writ of Possession. You may be responsible for paying the filing fee to obtain the Writ of Possession from the Clerk of Common Pleas Court, and providing manpower to set out their belongings. Again, you should consult an attorney for questions regarding any of this as the Sheriff’s Office cannot give legal advice.
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We have no access to the interior of the houses for sale. No arrangements may be made for an internal inspection of the properties. You are urged to check out the property records at the Henry County Auditor and the Henry County Recorder offices. The Henry County Auditor can provide a printout on the property showing the numbers, and types of rooms, etc. You can access the Auditor’s website’s "Real Estate Inquiry," then enter the address of the property to obtain the information you need.
By law, the sale must be a public sale, unless otherwise ordered by the Court. Sales are held on Tuesdays at 10 am unless otherwise noted, on-line at https://henry.sheriffsaleauction.ohio.gov. All bidders must be registered and have a deposit in place in order to proceed.
Make sure you can meet the terms of the sale. Caution: This is a Court function; if the sale is not completed, you are subject to being held in contempt of court and losing your deposit.
Liens are marshaled, (placed in order and paid in order), and paid from the sale proceeds. A deficiency judgment may be granted to the plaintiff against the defendant (homeowner), if enough money is not generated at the sale. The liens are then canceled against the property. The exception is a Federal Lien, (which will be on file at the Henry County Recorder’s Office).
You are urged to check out any liens, and check with an attorney if you have questions. We do not have lien information at the Sheriff’s Office.