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Vacant, Abandoned, and Distressed Property Legal Research Guide: Special Focus: Land Banks

The focus of this guide is the search for local land use laws relevant to vacant, abandoned, and distressed properties. This research guide includes links to primary and secondary sources.

Land Banks - New York

Land Banks are a tool that communities can use to address the problem of vacant properties. Under New York's Land Bank Act, signed in to law in July 2011, a total of 10 municipalities will be authorized to create land banks so that they can gain control of vacant, and tax-delinquent properties so that these properties can better serve the public interest. In May 2012, The City of Newburgh was among the first five municipalities authorized to create a land bank in New York State.  The Newburgh Community Land Bank's website includes information about the Newburgh Community Land Bank as well as links to community land bank websites in other states. 

Land Banks - Generally

Land Banks - Other States