Acquiring Vacant Property
One of the biggest issues facing Wilkinsburg is vacant property and blight. Nearly 19 percent–close to 800 parcels–of Wilkinsburg’s houses and commercial buildings are vacant and/or blighted. Though a major issue, vacant property also presents an opportunity to acquire a house or building for a very low cost. There are several tools and resources for acquiring vacant property. Still, the process of acquiring a vacant property can be a bit daunting, so the WCDC recently developed a flowchart to walk people through the process.
With any option, it is critical that you research the property’s tax history and have any taxes forgiven before transferring the title. It is also important to apply for the Wilkinsburg Tax Abatement before making any improvements to the vacant property.
To learn more about the options for acquiring vacant property, check out our flowchart, How to Acquire a Vacant & Tax Delinquent Property.
To get started, check out some available vacant properties in Wilkinsburg.