Many properties in Birmingham have become unmarketable and, in turn, unusable because the properties are burdened by the piling on of various sorts of government-created liens (tax liens, weed liens, demolition liens, etc.) and/or have clouded titles. Over time, property owners lose interest in maintaining the property because the property becomes a financial liability, rather than an asset. As our neighborhoods accumulate more and more of these properties, instances of nuisances mutate into areas of blight.
Every year properties that are tax delinquent are auctioned off at the Jefferson County Tax sale. Those that go unsold are deemed sold to the state of Alabama Department of Revenue.
Properties that are eligible for acquisition by the Birmingham Land Bank Authority(BLBA) are ones that have been delinquent for 5 years and sold to the state of Alabama. Back taxes, municipal liens, and other assessments pile up on these properties making their acquisition and the time required much more expensive than their actual or assessed value. The City of Birmingham has over 10,000 parcels that fit this category. The local land banking legislation was approved in 2014 that gave local land bank authorities the ability acquire tax deeds to these properties and immediately file actions to clear clouded titles, back taxes and municipal liens on these properties. The legislation explicitly allows the land bank to sidestep the 3-year possession requirement in Alabama property law.
When you visit our website, you will see the thousands of properties available for acquisition through our program.
We have three programs. Two of them, the adopt a lot and side lot programs, are 2-year lease programs. These programs allow applicants to save money so that they can acquire the property through our third program, the General Request Program. This program currently costs 3,500 dollars to participate and essentially pays the legal fees that the BLBA incurs while quieting title on the property.
After you submit a completed application, our staff will review it over a 30 day period. It will then go to our board for approval at the next scheduled monthly board meeting. Your application will include a maintenance/development plan for which you will be responsible for adhering to following the conveyance of the property.
Following the approval of your application, our staff invites you in to sign agreements for the program that you are participating in.
Please visit our program page for more information on each option.