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Learn about tax foreclosure

Tax foreclosure is a Lucas County tool that the Land Bank uses to help return abandoned properties to productive use.

How it works

Tax foreclosure is not a simple or fast process. All delinquent taxpayers have a right to due process and the opportunity to pay their taxes and keep their property. But when a property is truly abandoned, tax foreclosure is one of the only tools available to start fresh and make the land productive again.

We've developed the timeline below to help the community better understand the tax foreclosure process.

Take some time to review this information and contact our office if you'd like to learn more.

Property Tax Foreclosure Timeline

What to expect

Typically 6–9 months

We use an expedited tax foreclosure process for properties legally considered abandoned. To get a better idea of how this process works and the average timeline to ownership, please follow along below.

Every transaction is different and nothing in this timeline should be construed as a commitment, either as to the length of the actual process or the Land Bank's ability to secure the title. Under Ohio law, an owner may redeem their property during the tax foreclosure process and prevent the Land Bank from acquiring it. By receiving an application for any property, the Land Bank does not commit to a transfer.