Frequently Asked Questions
  • Question 01

    Q: Which properties are eligible for purchase through the BLBA?

    A: The BLBA can acquire the tax deed to properties located within the city limits of Birmingham and that have been tax-delinquent for at least five (5) years. Once the tax deed is acquired, the BLBA may file a quiet title action to clear the title and return the property to productive use. A full description of the BLBA quiet title process can be found through the Code of Alabama’s website. The BLBA may also purchase properties on the open market or receive properties donated by individuals, non-profits, for-profit corporations and governmental entities.

  • Question 02

    Q: How can I acquire a property through the BLBA?

    A: You can purchase properties from the BLBA through one of three programs: Side-Lot Program; Adopt-a-Lot Program, and through a General Request. The Side-Lot and Adopt-a- Lot Programs allow you to use a vacant lot either directly adjacent to your owner-occupied property (Side-Lot) or in the same neighborhood as your owner-occupied property (Adopt-a- Lot). In both programs, you get rights to enter, use, and maintain the property for two years. At the end of the two year period, the BLBA can assist you in clearing the title so you own it in perpetuity. Through a General Request, the BLBA will clear the title first before selling the property to you. This program is for properties that have structures or for which you have plans to build or develop the property immediately. A full description of all three programs is available in the adopted Policies & Procedures in the About Us section.

  • Question 03

    Q: If two people want the same property, how does the BLBA determine who gets the
    property?

    A: The disposition of properties acquired by the BLBA shall be based upon the nature and identity of the transferee of the property. A list of priorities for disposition of properties is listed in Section 5 of the BLBA’s adopted Policies and Procedures. The Board and Staff of the BLBA shall at all times retain flexibility in evaluating the appropriate balancing of the priorities for the use of property and priorities as to the nature of the transferee of properties.

  • Question 04

    Q: Who is eligible to acquire property through the BLBA?

    A: Individuals, governmental entities, non-profit and for-profit corporations are all eligible to acquire property through the BLBA.

  • Question 05

    Q: Can the BLBA acquire commercial property?

    A: Yes. Any property that has been tax-delinquent for at least five (5) years is eligible for acquisition by the BLBA. The BLBA may also purchase properties on the open market or receive properties donated by individuals, non-profits, for-profit corporations and governmental entities.

  • Question 06

    Q: How often and when does the BLBA Board of Directors meet?

    A: The BLBA Board of Directors meets the first Thursday of every month at City Hall, 710 N 20th Street, Birmingham, AL 35203.

  • Question 07

    Q. Is every property the BLBA acquires available for purchase?

    A: No. The BLBA will sometimes choose to hold onto property that has potential to be redeveloped; either because it is contiguous to other Land Bank owned property or it is in an area where other planning or development is occurring. The Land Bank generally holds property that is located in one of the City’s Framework Areas to assure that the property is used in a manner that is consistent with any plans adopted by the community.

  • Question 08

    Q: Who is responsible for the governance and operations of the BLBA?

    A: The BLBA is governed by a Board of Directors. The Articles of Incorporation state that the Board will consist of seven (7) members. The Board of Directors adopted a funding agreement with the City of Birmingham to employ City staff for the daily management and operations of the BLBA.