Rule 3129.2. Notice of sale; handbills; written notice; publication.

 (a)  Notice of the sale of real property shall be given by handbills as provided by subdivision (b), by written notice as provided by subdivision (c) to all persons whose names and addresses are set forth in the affidavit required by Rule 3129.1, and by publication as provided by subdivision (d).

   Official Note

   Where real estate subject to federal liens is sold in execution under a judgment by confession, see the provisions of the Federal Tax Lien Act of 1966 adding sec. 7425(c) to the Internal Revenue Code, 26 U.S.C.A. §  7425(c), providing for notice to the United States.
 As to judgments entered after December 1, 1973, see Rule 236 requiring notice of entry by the prothonotary.

 (b)  The handbills shall be posted by the sheriff in the sheriff’s office and upon the property at least thirty days before the sale, and shall include

   (1)  a brief description of the property to be sold, its location, any improvements, the judgment of the court on which the sale is being held, the name of the owner or reputed owner, and the time and place of sale, and

   (2)  a notice directed to all parties in interest and claimants that a schedule of distribution will be filed by the sheriff on a date specified by the sheriff not later than thirty days after the sale and that distribution will be made in accordance with the schedule unless exceptions are filed thereto within ten days after the filing of the schedule.

 (c)  The written notice shall be prepared by the plaintiff, shall contain the same information as the handbills or may consist of the handbill and shall be served at least thirty days before the sale on all persons whose names and addresses are set forth in the affidavit required by Rule 3129.1.

   (1)  Service of the notice shall be made

     (i)   upon a defendant in the judgment who has not entered an appearance and upon the owner of the property.

       (A)   by the sheriff or by a competent adult in the manner prescribed by Rule 402(a) for the service of original process upon a defendant, or


   See Rule 76 for the definition of ‘‘competent adult.’’

       (B)   by the plaintiff mailing a copy in the manner prescribed by Rule 403 to the addresses set forth in the affidavit; or

       (C)   if service cannot be made as provided in subparagraph (A) or (B), the notice shall be served pursuant to special order of court as prescribed by Rule 430, except that if original process was served pursuant to a special order of court under Rule 430 upon the defendant in the judgment, the notice may be served upon that defendant in the manner provided by the order for service of original process without further application to the court; and

     (ii)   upon the defendant in the judgment who has entered an appearance, by the plaintiff in the manner provided by Rule 440, and

     (iii)   upon each other person named in the affidavit by the plaintiff by ordinary mail at the address set forth in the affidavit with the return address of the plaintiff appearing thereon. The plaintiff shall obtain from the U.S. Postal Service a Form 3817 Certificate of Mailing. Service shall be complete upon mailing. If the mail is returned the validity of the service shall not be impaired and the sale shall proceed at the time fixed in the notice.

   (2)  The person serving the notice shall file a return of service as provided by Rule 405. If service is made by mail pursuant to subdivision (c)(1)(iii), the return shall include the certificate of mailing and the letter, if returned.

   (3)  If service on any person is not made at least thirty days prior to the date of the sale stated in the notice, such notice shall be deemed timely if the sale is stayed, continued, postponed or adjourned in accordance with Rule 3129.3 to a date certain which is at least thirty days after the date of the last required service.

   Official Note

   This rule does not state the effect of a failure to give the required notice. See In re Tax Claim Bureau of Lehigh County 1981 Upset Tax Sale Properties: Appeal of Dian K. Hass, 96 Pa. Commw. 452, 507 A.2d 1294 (1986), involving the failure to give notice of a tax sale.

 (d)  Notice containing the information required by subdivision (b) shall also be given by publication by the sheriff once a week for three successive weeks in one newspaper of general circulation in the county and in the legal publication, if any, designated by rule of court for publication of notices, the first publication to be made not less than twenty-one days before the date of sale. No additional publication shall be required.

   Official Note

   See Note to Rule 3128 as to time, terms and conditions of sale. See also Rule 3131 as to advertisement where a parcel of real property extends across county lines.


   The provisions of this Rule 3129.2 adopted March 6, 1989, effective July 1, 1989, 19 Pa.B. 1282; amended April 1, 1996, effective July 1, 1996, 26 Pa.B. 1806; amended April 12, 1999, effective July 1, 1999, 29 Pa.B. 2281; amended May 14, 1999, effective July 1, 1999, 29 Pa.B. 2767; amended June 14, 1999, effective September 1, 1999, 29 Pa.B. 3191; amended December 21, 2010, effective January 21, 2011, 41 Pa.B. 333. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (348659) to (348660). (Editor’s Note: The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has suspended its order of June 14, 1999, published at 29 Pa.B. 3191 (June 26, 1999). See 29 Pa.B. 4859 (September 18, 1999).)

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