About Land Banks

The PA Land Bank Act 153 of 2012 authorizes counties and municipalities with populations of 10,000 or more to establish land banks, a flexible and optional tool meant to help strengthen our cities and towns by enabling them to systematically remove problem properties from an endless cycle of vacancy, abandonment, and tax foreclosure, and return them to productive use. Land banks can engage in bulk quiet-title proceedings so that title insurance could be obtained and title would be marketable. They also address a vast inventory of problem properties that need to be cleared of debts, maintained, made available for private purchase, and managed where real estate markets are weak or distressed.

Blight and Land Banks" - Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development

Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania Webinar "PA Land Banks 101" (March 2017)

Top 10 Facts about Pennsylvania's Land Banks

Land Bank Informational Handout - Lancaster County Housing and Redevelopment Authorities (March 2016)

Lank Banks and Land Banking, 2nd Edition, By Frank Alexander (2015)

"Pennsylvania Land Banks," by Winnie Branton (April 2015)

Top Ten Lessons Learned on Land Banking, presented by Kim Graziani, 2nd Annual PA Land Bank Summit (June 2014)

Frequently Asked Questions on Land Banks and Property Acquisition, by Winifred M. Branton, 2nd Annual Land Bank Summit (June 2014)

“The New Land Banks: What Are They About,” by Eric Montarti, Allegheny Institute of Public Policy (August 2014)

Starting a PA Land Bank Authority: First Steps, presented by John Kromer (June 2013)

Land Banking 101, Land Bank Training, State College PA (September 2013), presented by Kim Graziani, John Kromer, Irene McLaughlin and Chris Gulotta

Land Banks and Land Banking, presented by Kim Graziani, HAP Blight Summit (December 2012)

Put Abandoned Land in Our Hands, Campaign to Take Back Vacant Land, Philadelphia (Spring 2011)