Vacant and Abandoned Property Strategies

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Louisville Metro Government employs multiple strategies to address vacant and abandoned properties (VAPs). Some of those strategies are designed to address the property’s condition alone, while others work to transition VAPs out of its abandoned state. Often, multiple strategies are implemented simultaneously.

Various departments, including Codes & Regulations and Develop Louisville’s Office of Community Development, work in tandem to determine the most effective strategies to resolve problematic VAPs. The table below provides additional information about these strategies, as well as whether the specific strategy will result in an ownership change.

Strategy What is the end goal of this strategy? Will this strategy result in an ownership change?

Nuisance abatement

Reduce number of building entries

Reduce fire risk


Nuisance abatement

Prevent demolition

Return property to productive use

Promote affordable housing

Spot Condemnation

Nuisance abatement

Return property to productive use for public/community benefit


Nuisance abatement

Prevent demolition



*Properties that are stabilized could possibly move to foreclosure; foreclosure will then force the change of ownership.

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