Frequently Asked Questions
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 three (3) 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.
You can purchase properties from the BLBA through any of our programs. Please visit the programs tab for more information.
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.
Individuals, governmental entities, non-profit and for-profit corporations are all eligible to acquire property through the BLBA.
Yes. Any property that has been tax-delinquent for at least three (3) 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.
The BLBA Board of Directors meets the first Thursday of every month at City Hall, 710 N 20th Street, Birmingham, AL 35203.
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.
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.