Effective Legal Tools for Problem Properties

What You'll Learn

  • Become familiar with several legal tools planners can use to tackle problem property issues.
  • Better understand how to replicate highlighted legal strategies to successfully mitigate problem properties.
  • Become effective advocates for problem property strategies both locally and in state capitols.

More Course Details

Problem properties, vacant and occupied, undermine neighborhood vitality and are a source of constant frustration to planners working to stabilize and rebuild neighborhoods. Much of this frustration stems from navigating legal issues such as property rights, privacy rights, and environmental contamination. But in recent years, creative and diverse legal tools and strategies have emerged in many states and municipalities.

These tools — which include vacant property receivership, land banking, performance-based rental regulation, and more — have been used by cities such as Baltimore and Minneapolis, as well as smaller places such as Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, to move thousands of properties back into productive use, improve living conditions for thousands of tenants, and stabilize many neighborhoods at risk.

Learn about several of these legal tools and how planners might replicate these strategies in their communities. Explore how planners can become effective advocates for these strategies both locally and in state capitols.