How Hartford Land Bank Helps City Residents Turn Blighted Properties into Homeownership Opportunities
December 17, 2022
Source: The Wilton Bulletin
Documents show it was a challenging fall for many Hartford tenants.
Mice, poor ventilation, no hot water, mold, broken windows, roaches and smoke alarms without batteries were among the violations the city’s housing code inspectors cited. In September alone, the city posted 49 notices of violation for health and sanitation issues.
Of the property managers responsible for addressing those 49 notices, 20 were based outside Connecticut. Another seven were located outside Hartford.
The Hartford Land Bank is a nonprofit organization that acquires vacant, abandoned, tax-delinquent or distressed properties in Hartford and redevelops them with the help of a cohort of Hartford-based developers. The hope is that local developers will be more invested in the properties, resulting in better living conditions and even the potential for homeownership in a city dominated by tenants.
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