What is Lot Links?
The Lot Links program is a partnership between individual citizens or developers, the City of Dayton and Montgomery County. The Program provides a vehicle for bringing abandoned tax delinquent property back into productive use via: 1) Acquisition of tax delinquent vacant lots by those seeking lots for yard or home expansion, building of garages, urban gardens, etc; and 2) Acquisition of tax delinquent abandoned housing stock by those willing to perform the rehab work or demolition and new housing construction. Abandoned tax delinquent commercial properties may also be acquired via Lot Links.
How does it work?
The interested applicant makes a minimal deposit and submits an application outlining what they plan to do with the property and where their resources will come from. The City of Dayton confirms abandonment, approves (by ordinance) submission of a requests to initiate tax foreclosure to Montgomery County and takes possession of the property upon completion of the foreclosure case. Montgomery County removes all back taxes; the City of Dayton collects the remaining cost of the foreclosure from the applicant, and transfers ownership to the applicant as the end user. The average cost of foreclosure is $2,500. The average time frame for the process is roughly 18-20 months. Deposits are refundable only if the tax foreclosure cannot legally be completed. Additional recorded information about the Lot Links program is available by calling 937-333-3775.
Criteria for Eligibility
- Property must be in the City of Dayton and
- Property must be at least two years in arrears on taxes and
- Property cannot have had a tax lien sold and
- Property cannot have an active delinquent tax payment contact between the owners and the Treasurer and
- Property cannot already have a tax foreclosure in process by someone else and
- Property must be unoccupied/vacant and abandoned.