Birmingham Land Bank Authority

Birmingham Land Bank Authority The Birmingham Land Bank Authority stands ready, willing, and able to help facilitate the return of tax delinquent properties to productive use.

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, w**d 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 ou

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, w**d 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 ou

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Opportunity alert!!
08/20/2021

Opportunity alert!!

The City of Birmingham is requesting proposals for the sale and redevelopment of real estate currently owned by the City of Birmingham located at 1700 – 25th Avenue North, Birmingham, Alabama 35234. The 3-story brick structure is nestled in the residential neighborhood of Druid Hills. We are seeking an experienced and qualified developer who will submit a redevelopment plan for the existing school property that will prioritize the production of affordable housing. The proposed redevelopment should be contextually appropriate and financially feasible. This RFP offers an opportunity to revitalize an attractive site that will contribute once again to the Northside Community mixed-use commercial center.

For more information and to submit a proposal go to https://ieo.birminghamal.gov/rfp/

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08/19/2021
1936 Clover Dr

📣 Calling all builders! Searching for a lot to build a home in the beautiful Smithfield Estates neighborhood? We may have what you're looking for! Be sure to say hi to your new neighbors because this 7,800 Sqft lot sits in between two beautiful homes on a bustling street! Piqued your interest? Be sure to submit your application today!

08/18/2021
528 4th Ave W

Looking for a fixer upper in Graymont? Boy do we have the perfect one for you! This 3 bed 1 bath home is in need of a little TLC. If you're up for the challenge, then visit our website at Birminghamlandbank.org to put in your application today!

08/02/2021
2017 10th PL

Are you looking for a nice home in Pratt City? Well, look no further! This 3 bed 1 Bath house is looking for the perfect person to give it a little love and care. Are you up to the challenge? If so, head on over to our website and submit your application today!

07/15/2021
2716 Avenue K

Anyone looking for a house with a recreational view? If so, then you will love this one! This 2 bed 1 bath house is a perfect starter home for a small family. Across the street is a clear view of the Ensley Recreational Center and its tennis courts!

07/07/2021
Norwood Lot!

Looking to build your forever home in Norwood? We've got you covered! Check out this vacant lot that is now available through the Birmingham Land Bank. Can you already envision your beautiful new home? We certainly can!

07/06/2021
Oak Ridge

Looking for a home in the oak ridge area? Check out this Land Bank eligible property!

06/28/2021
Property Spotlight Week 1

Last week the Land Bank stopped by Ensley Highlands, College Hills, and Eastlake to highlight some of the properties we have available in those communities. Check out the video below to see what we found!

06/27/2021
Jazz on the Lawn!

We're here at Jazz on The Lawn ready to answer your questions! Come on out and stop by our table. We're right across the street from Your Pie!

06/25/2021
Propert Spotlight

Here we come! Starting next week, we will begin highlighting properties that are available for application in communties throughout the City of Birmingham! You don't want to miss this.

Want to learn more about the Birmingham Land Bank Authority? Want to get answers to your questions in person? Come visit...
06/21/2021

Want to learn more about the Birmingham Land Bank Authority? Want to get answers to your questions in person? Come visit our booth this Sunday from 4pm to 6pm at the Northside Community Jazz on the Lawn hosted by commissioner Sheila Tyson. Will you attend? Let us know in the comments below and share this post with all of your friends!

Want to learn more about the Birmingham Land Bank Authority? Want to get answers to your questions in person? Come visit our booth this Sunday from 4pm to 6pm at the Northside Community Jazz on the Lawn hosted by commissioner Sheila Tyson. Will you attend? Let us know in the comments below and share this post with all of your friends!

See a land bank sign in your neighborhood or community? Click the video below to see what it means!
06/16/2021
Birmingham Land Bank Signs

See a land bank sign in your neighborhood or community? Click the video below to see what it means!

See a Birmingham Land Bank Sign in your community? Watch this video to find out what it means.

See a Birmingham Land Bank sign in your community? Find out what it means by watching this video! For all questions abou...
05/06/2021
Birmingham Land Bank Signs

See a Birmingham Land Bank sign in your community? Find out what it means by watching this video! For all questions about properties that you may be interested in, please contact our office via our contact us page on our website.

See a Birmingham Land Bank Sign in your community? Watch this video to find out what it means.

Timeline Photos
03/23/2021

Timeline Photos

The Jefferson County Tax Collector’s Office would like to remind citizens that any property taxes that have not been paid are delinquent and entering the Tax Sale phase of collections. We urge all citizens that own property in Jefferson County to go to our website at https://eringcapture.jccal.org/caportal/CAPortal_MainPage.aspx
and select “Search Your Real Property” to ensure the taxes are paid on your property. Any taxes that remain unpaid after March 31, 2021 will incur advertising fees, and all delinquent taxes will be listed in a local newspaper. Any taxes remaining unpaid on May 24, 2021 will go to the Annual Tax Sale on May 25, 2021 and be offered to the highest bidder. The investors may bid in excess of the amount due, and the property owner will owe interest on the taxes and fees as well as any excess bid allowed by law. We do not wish to see any property owners have their property go to the Tax Sale. Please check that your property taxes were paid.
Important Dates:
March 29, 2021 - Probate Show Cause Hearing
March 31, 2021 – Last Day to Pay Before Legal Advertising Costs are Added
April 14, 21 & 28, 2021 – Legal Ads Run in the Birmingham News
May 24, 2021 – Last Day to Pay Before the Tax Sale
May 25, 2021 – Annual Tax Sale

Timeline Photos
03/12/2021

Timeline Photos

Don't miss Keith Boykin and Alan Mallach discuss new Black Middle Neighborhood Data, Challenges, and Opportunities! http://ow.ly/Nmpb50DXxGU

We look forward to continued progress in Urban Ministry, Inc 's efforts. This house was recently purchased from the BLBA...
03/05/2021

We look forward to continued progress in Urban Ministry, Inc 's efforts. This house was recently purchased from the BLBA. We cannot wait to see the finished product.

(Featured photo: a WE Build house being renovated for a new home owner!)

The implications of discriminatory laws still impact the racial wealth gap today. In 1934, Congress passed the National Housing Act, which allowed mortgage lenders to draw lines—commonly known as redlining—around neighborhoods perceived as ‘risky,’ are were discouraged to make loans. The lenders targeted African American neighborhoods, preventing African Americans from being able to purchase homes and build generational wealth through homeownership.
It was not until 1968—after the passage of the Fair Housing Act—that redlining was made illegal, but the remnants of this discrimination still have implications today. The disparity in homeownership is still stark: Approximately 73 percent of white families in the United States own their home, while only 45 percent of African Americans do.
WE Build is working with local WE residents to grow homeownership and increase generational wealth in our neighborhood. We want families to be able to own their homes and pass it down to their children and grandchildren. Want to know more? Want to get involved? Reach out to us today!

Article cited: https://cdn.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/07090906/RWRW-RaceAndEthnicity.pdf?_ga=2.253873675.2005805876.1614904467-73060376.1614360693

Thank you to District 7 Councilor Wardine Alexander, Renasant Bank   and the Tri-County (AL) Chapter of The Links, Incor...
02/25/2021

Thank you to District 7 Councilor Wardine Alexander, Renasant Bank and the Tri-County (AL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated for sponsoring a webinar about creating a healthy homestead. We are grateful for being included in the event's panel discussion.

Tomorrow I will be co-sponsoring a webinar about creating a healthy homestead. I strongly encourage you to join me because I feel this subject matter is valuable to you!

Did you know that in 2020, the City of Birmingham demolished 158 structures and performed weed abatement and cleaning of 1,124 lots in District 7 alone? Some of these properties became a nuisance and cost to the City due to heir-property that could not be titled for sale or transfer of deed. These properties could have been a homestead opportunity for families!

This webinar program will provide information through discussion with real estate and legal experts about building and maintaining generational wealth. The webinar will offer strategies on will-preparation, estate planning, and how to unlock heir property.

The webinar is tomorrow, February 24th, at 6:00 pm. Registration is open at https://bit.ly/3ai7wS6.

I hope to see you there!

#District7 #bhamfam #birminghamstrong #instagrambham #bhamcouncil #birminghamal #bhamcommunity #bestofbham #birminghamlife #bhamhealth #bhamgram #thisisbham #bhamlocals #peopleofbham

We are excited to see the progress in Urban Ministry's work on properties purchased through BLBA programming!
02/23/2021

We are excited to see the progress in Urban Ministry's work on properties purchased through BLBA programming!

We Build renovations are happening! Have you heard of Urban Ministry's WE Build program? We renovate local houses in West End to become homes for long term residents. This is a sneak peak of our second home renovation this year!

WE Build needs your help to turn houses into homes! We are in need of these used tools in good condition: Table Saws, Circular Saws, Jig Saws, Miter Saw, Drills, Impact Driver, Hammers, Tape Measurers, and levels.

If you have any of these materials you can donate or want to learn more ways to get involved, send an email to [email protected].

02/12/2021

We are proud to partner with Housing Authority of the Birmingham District to offer a Homeownership Workshop Series to residents in Woodlawn.

Check out the flyer below for more information and visit https://bit.ly/homeownerpathway to register!

02/05/2021
Birmingham Land Bank - First Closings

A little over three years ago, the BLBA closed the sale of its first properties taken through the quiet title process. We have just cleared title to 514 properties and have sold over 350 properties. This year, we are projected to continue breaking barriers as we work to put each of the properties back to productive use for housing and commercial development, community gardens, stormwater projects and other innovative uses that will provide a benefit to our communities.

We will release our annual report in the coming weeks. This will provide an in depth look into operations and the progress that the Authority has made over this past year.

Winter Virtual Training Institute
01/28/2021
Winter Virtual Training Institute

Winter Virtual Training Institute

To provide you with the top-notch expert instruction and networking opportunities you’ve come to expect from NeighborWorks America, while respecting the need for social distancing and the difficulty of travel, we’ve conceived a new kind of event—a Virtual Training Institute—that will incorpo...

Did you miss our webinar today or just want to share all of the information that was given🤔? Good news! The webinar is n...
01/27/2021
Programs and FAQ Webinar

Did you miss our webinar today or just want to share all of the information that was given🤔? Good news! The webinar is now available on our YouTube page @Birmingham Land Bank Authority for you to watch it whenever and wherever you want to. Be sure to check out some of our other videos and like, subscribe, and turn on the notification bell so that you'll always be informed of when new content is added. 😁

Have you heard what the Birmingham Land Bank is doing?...from the actual staff of the Birmingham Land Bank?Join us as we discuss all things BLBA including th...

Looking forward to participating in this series with the Southern Environmental Center  on the 18th of February.The Birm...
01/26/2021
Need a New Year’s resolution? Become an urban farmer. Here is how. | Bham Now

Looking forward to participating in this series with the Southern Environmental Center on the 18th of February.

The Birmingham Land Bank Authority is committed to putting problem properties back to productive use.

In addition to housing and commercial development, we must explore additional uses of vacant lots throughout Birmingham including stormwater management, development of urban agriculture sites, and the creation of urban forests.

With a growing number of abandoned lots, we must enter into strategic partnerships to explore and facilitate these projects throughout our city.

Beginning January 7, the Southern Environmental Center is launching a program promoting sustainable communities by way of small-scale urban farming.

2020 has seen us face unprecedented challenges. We look forward to pushing through and making greater strides in 2021!
12/28/2020
Looking back on 2020. – Birmingham Land Bank Authority

2020 has seen us face unprecedented challenges. We look forward to pushing through and making greater strides in 2021!

Looking back on 2020. Informational, News Friends, This time last year, I certainly could not have anticipated what was to come in the next 12 months. The pandemic, which continues to grow, has had lasting effects on each and every one of us. I must acknowledge our team and their commitment to pushi...

We have a great #workinprogresswednesday project by program partner, Graydog Properties LLC  . This is #norwoodcrispyhou...
12/17/2020

We have a great #workinprogresswednesday project by program partner, Graydog Properties LLC . This is #norwoodcrispyhouse . This house sat open, vacant and dilapidated for over ten years. As we took it through the quiet title process, someone set it on fire. Our purchaser has spent put a tremendous amount of time and energy into bringing this property back to life.

We look forward to seeing the finished product.

Center for Community Progress
12/11/2020

Center for Community Progress

New Report – Full Results, America’s Vacant Lot Landscape #vacantland #communitydevelopment bit.ly/341qmJM #localgovernment #resources  University of Michigan

Jefferson County, Alabama
12/08/2020

Jefferson County, Alabama

This week the Commission added mortgage assistance to this program.

We spent a moment with Graydog Properties as they surveyed a recent purchase from the BLBA. Many eligible properties for...
12/03/2020

We spent a moment with Graydog Properties as they surveyed a recent purchase from the BLBA. Many eligible properties for BLBA programming require a significant amount of work. These properties often deteriorate after being neglected prior to tax delinquency, then they sit in the state’s inventory for five years before becoming eligible for our programming. Vandalism, scrappers acts of God all contribute to the deterioration. This house surely has been through it all. We look forward to witnessing the transformation just as we have with Graydog Properties’s #norwoodcrispyhouse . We hope to see improved legislation that will allow for increased code enforcement power and to allow the land bank to intervene earlier. It takes collaboration and partnership. We are thankful for the many that are out there putting in the work. #BLBA #birmingham #neighborhoodrevitalization

The magic starts after we clear title to the problem property. Check out how one BLBA buyer turned this abandoned lot in...
12/01/2020

The magic starts after we clear title to the problem property. Check out how one BLBA buyer turned this abandoned lot into their gorgeous home! #blba
#transformationtuesday #cityofbirmingham

Check out this dramatic renovation in the Eastlake area that one of our land bank properties underwent. Our applicant re...
11/24/2020

Check out this dramatic renovation in the Eastlake area that one of our land bank properties underwent. Our applicant renovated this property in just 90 days! 🤯 We look forward to showing off more transformations of blighted properties throughout the City of Birmingham. #transformationtuesday #BLBA #monroepark

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710 North 20th Street
Birmingham, AL
35203

General information

JoAnne Burl, General Request Program Montrese Daniels, Side and Adopt-a-Lot Program Eric Fancher, Administrator Contact us at http://birminghamlandbank.org/contact/ Our board meets on the first Thursday of each month at 2:00pm on the third floor of City Hall. We will hold monthly informational sessions and will gladly come and visit your organization to meet with members upon request.

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

Telephone

(205) 254-2117

Products

The Birmingham Land Bank Authority (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, applicants can apply to gain use of the property through one of our three programs:

Side-Lot
Adopt-a-Lot
General Request

Through the General Request program, 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.

The Side-Lot and Adopt-a-Lot programs grant you rights to enter, use, and maintain a vacant lot directly adjacent to your owner-occupied property for a period of two years. At the end of the two year period, the BLBA can assist you in clearing the title so that can you own it in perpetuity.

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Over ten thousand properties in the City of 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, w**d 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 unmaintained, tax delinquent properties, our neighborhoods become overwhelmed with blight.

The Birmingham Land Bank Authority has the ability to clear these back taxes, municipal liens and assessments and the authority to institute quiet title actions on properties that are at least five years tax delinquent.

The Land Bank allows for the citizens to take ownership of and improve properties that were previously financially infeasible to acquire.

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