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Lot Links 

What is Lot Links?    The City of Dayton Lot Links Program uses Ohio Revised Code Sections 323.65-323.79, commonly referred to as R.E.A.P. (Real Estate Acquisition Process), and 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-dlinquent 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 $500 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 request to initiate a 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 costs of the foreclosure from the applicant, and transfers ownership to the applicant as the end user. The average cost of a foreclosure is $2,000. The average time frame for the process is two years. 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 unoccupied and
  •     Property must be at least two years in arrears on taxes and
  •     Property cannot have had the tax lien sold and
  •     Property cannot have an active delinquent tax payment contract between the owner and the Treasurer and
  •     Property cannot already have a tax foreclosure in process by someone else.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1.  Where can I get an application?    http://www.cityofdayton.org/departments/pcd/Documents/LotLinks/LotLinksApplication.pdf
  2. How can I check if a building has code violations or is on the Nuisance /Demolition List? http://www.cityofdayton.org/departments/bs/Pages/DisclosureOrdinanceandForms.aspx
  3. How do I access the Montgomery County Treasurer's list of Tax delinquent properties? http://www.mctreas.org/fdpopup.cfm?dtype=DQ
  4. Where do I call with additional questions?  (937)-333-3815

  Surplus Land Sales

                                                                                                                                       The City of Dayton owns many vacant lots that may be purchased for use as yard or home expansions, urban gardens, etc. If the City already owns a vacant lot you are interested in purchasing, there is no need for a tax foreclosure, and the transfer of property can take place in as few as 90 days. The standard cost for a surplus land sale is currently $650. A standard Lot Links application is still required. Follow this link to view the list of surplus vacant lots:          Surplus City-Owned Vacant Lots