Vacant Properties

Residents First establishes a new Vacant Property Registry as an accountability mechanism for property owners of vacant buildings.

The Department of Building and Housing is currently building the registry and will publish guidelines and instructions on how to register in the coming weeks.

In the interim, please do not hesitate to contact the Department of Housing, Records Administration at (216) 664-2825 or email the team at

"Vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties reduce the value of surrounding properties, leading to decreases in owners’ equity and personal wealth. In Cleveland, Ohio, properties within 500 feet of a vacant, tax-delinquent, and foreclosed property lost 9.4 percent of their value." 

How Vacant and Abandoned Buildings Affect the Community," Center for Community Progress, March 24, 2023