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The VAP Response Team, part of the Department of Community Services and Revitalization, provides a wide variety of services, including the sale of property belonging to Louisville Metro Government, the Landbank Authority and the Urban Renewal Commission.

If you are interested in buying property from one of the entities listed above, we can assist you. It is a relatively easy process and selling vacant and abandoned properties is our highest priority. That means we will work with you every step of the way and answer any questions you might have.

Some Basics

Property seen on this webpage is managed by the Louisville Land Bank Authority. This Authority represents Louisville Metro Government, JCPS and the Commonwealth of Kentucky and they meet once a month to acquire, manage and sell distressed properties in Louisville. 

If you see a property you would like to purchase from the Sales Inventory (for the Sales Inventory, click here for the pdf file and here for the excel file (updated 4-2-14), you must make a written offer. Nothing verbal is recognized as an offer. Your offer should include the highest amount of money you are willing to pay for the real estate. Staff members are authorized to negotiate the final sales price with you. The Land Bank Authority will review your final and best offer and vote on whether to sell the property to you or not.

If you would like to enter a property to conduct a visual assessment, please request permission from the Louisville Metro Department of Community Services and Revitalization.  Before entering the property, you must fill out a waiver (click the link to download a pdf of the waiver form)  and mail or bring it to:

Department of Community Services and Revitalization
Attn: Dena First
444 S. 5th Street, 5th Floor
Louisville, KY 40202

Once your offer is accepted, Staff members will call you and work with you to have a deed prepared and schedule a closing. 

Some details about the offer

Your written offer should include the following: 1) the cash amount you are willing to pay; 2) a description on how you plan to use the property; 3) how you will pay for the property; and 4) how to reach you by phone.

If you are a developer and desire several lots for a project, we will meet with you to discuss and review your: 1) plans and specifications; 2) financing; and 3) other information pertinent to the project.

Please make your written offer to:
Department of Community Services and Revitalization
Attn: Disposition Manager
444 S. 5th Street, 5th Floor
Louisville, KY 40202

If you would like more information on buying a property, please call the Revitalization Division at 502-574-4016.

About VAPStat

VAPStat (short for "Vacant and Abandoned Property Statistics") is a program that uses data and metrics to assess Metro Government's performance in tackling the complex problem of vacant properties. This website is a one stop shop for citizens to learn about the programs and resources available through Metro to: prevent abandonment; ensure that properties are maintained according to Code via enforcement tools; and to support property redevelopment through acquisition and sale of properties.

Priority Areas

Enforcement

  • Abandoned Urban Property
    if a property meets specified criteria, it may be classified as an Abandoned Urban Property and subject to higher property tax rates.

Real Estate & Property

  • Purchase Property From Metro
    Buy a Metro Owned Property
  • VAP it! Request a foreclosure on a vacant property
    Request a VAP foreclosure

Redevelopment Opportunities

  • Affordable Housing Development Program
    Affordable Housing Development Program

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