Can I find a home to live in on this website?

No, probably not. Most of the properties on this website are vacant land, and the buildings that are available are mostly shells and not appropriate for someone to live in without significant rehabilitation.

If you need emergency shelter – a place to live in today – the Office of Homeless Services offers resources for individuals, single parents with children and families with children.

If you are looking to rent a property, you might want to start by visiting www.pahousingsearch.com, by looking in neighborhood newspapers in a neighborhood you’d like to live in, or by contacting a realtor who works with rental properties. If you are looking to buy a home, you might want to start by contacting a realtor, looking in newspapers, or consulting the many home-buying resources on the web.

If you are a low- or moderate-income household you might want to consult with a housing counseling agency, especially if you are buying your first home or if you haven’t owned a home in the past three years.

How can I stay informed about Land Bank activities?

Complete the Land Bank’s “Stay Informed” form to receive updates on Land Bank news, Requests for Proposals, Competitive Sales, upcoming meetings and more. You can also follow the Land Bank on Twitter.

What is the Philadelphia Land Bank?

The Philadelphia Land Bank is a powerful tool to return vacant and tax-delinquent properties to productive use. It will simplify the process of transferring properties from public agencies to private owners. It can also acquire privately owned, tax delinquent vacant parcels that are roadblocks to revitalization. The Land Bank’s ability to clear liens from titles will make properties more attractive to potential new owners.

How was the Philadelphia Land Bank created?

In December 2013, City Council, led by Council President Darrell Clarke, Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez, and Councilman Curtis Jones, unanimously passed legislation to create a land bank. Mayor Nutter then signed the legislation into law.

Who runs the Philadelphia Land Bank?

The Land Bank is led by a board that is well versed in real estate, development and public policy issues, supported by a staff with experience in those areas. Visit the Board Meeting page for information about board meeting schedules, agendas and minutes.

How does the Land Bank decide on future uses of its properties?

The Land Bank’s foundation is a strategic plan that guides its goals and operations. That plan – informed by data, stakeholder concerns, citywide and neighborhood plans, and public comment – lays out a vision in which vacant properties become tools for revitalization.

Who can buy Land Bank or City property?

Any individual, developer, or organization with no outstanding tax or property-related liens can seek to purchase a parcel through the Land Bank. Purchasers must reuse the property in compliance with City code requirements and ordinances, have the financial ability to purchase the property, and have the capacity to complete the work associated with the reuse plan.

Most uses will fall under one of these categories:

  • Residential or Commercial Development
  • Side Yard
  • Garden

For more detailed information, please review the Land Bank’s Disposition Policies.

Can I buy a building and rehab it to live in?

Yes, although almost every building in the Land Bank inventory will need significant rehabilitation before it can be used.

How can I find development opportunities?

Properties are always available through the Real Estate for Sale interactive map. Properties are also made available through a Request for Proposals or via a Competitive Sale.

You can receive updates on new RFPs or Competitive Sales by completing the Land Bank’s “Stay Informed” form.

Can I buy a property for a yard?

Yes, just select the “side yard” option when you complete the form to express interest in a property.

More information is available on our Side Yard page.

Can I obtain land for a garden or farm?

Yes, property can be purchased or leased to be used as an individual or community garden. Select the “community garden” option when you complete the form to express interest in a property.

Can I buy a property at a discounted price?

If a property serves a public purpose, like affordable housing, City-supported economic development or community development, the Land Bank may convey the property at a discounted or nominal price. Side yards may also be eligible for sale at a nominal price.

More information is available in the Land Bank’s Disposition Policies.

How are the prices for Land Bank properties determined?

The prices listed on the Land Bank were determined using a computer model that used nearby “arms-length” land sales to project a sales price. Properties that are in markets that are too volatile – usually where prices are rapidly increasing – do not have prices listed because of the likelihood that the price will be quickly out of date. Prices for those properties will be determined by an appraisal after a potential buyer has been identified. Some prices will be determined by a Competitive Sales process.