Preservation and Inspection

Not every property that the Cuyahoga Land Bank acquires is demolished or rehabbed and sold quickly due to a variety of factors. These properties need to be preserved, commonly known as “mothballing” because it is not unlike carefully packing away winter clothing in the spring, and maintained in order to discourage vandalism and deterioration. The Cuyahoga Land Bank employs both large and small field services contractors to secure these properties. Field services include boarding up the property, changing the locks, unhooking the utilities, cutting the grass, maintaining the lawn and securing the property so that it is not damaged by weather conditions. The Cuyahoga Land Bank also has a partnership with Cuyahoga County Court Community Services to utilize offenders fulfilling their community service sentence to perform maintenance tasks.

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