Vacant Lot Program
If you are interested in a vacant, tax-foreclosed lot, either commercial or residential, the Jefferson County Land Bank may be able to assist you in the acquisition of that lot. Under Ohio Statute, Land Banks had broad authority to acquire tax-foreclosed properties and eliminate outstanding liens to “clear” property title. The Land Bank’s Vacant Lot program is a win-win for both parties: you gain ownership of a property free and clear without paying off the burdens created by the previous owner and which you were not responsible. For the Land Bank, we get a property back into productive use and back on the tax rolls.
Improved Property Rehabilitation Program
An important part of this process is ensuring that properties in need of rehabilitation are brought up to code, at minimum, or to quality housing standards, as established by the Land Bank. An independent housing code and repair expert is hired by the Land Bank to inspect the rehab property, identify housing code issues, assess and estimate repair costs, and present those findings to the Land Bank.
Side Lot Program
If you live next to a vacant lot owned by the Jefferson County Land Bank, you may be eligible to purchase the lot to expand your yard at an attractive price. The Land Bank’s Side Lot program is a win-win for both parties: you get to expand your property for a nicer lawn, a home addition, perhaps a new garage or just more room for your kids to play. For the Land Bank, we get a property back into productive use and back on the tax rolls.