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Report: More than 5,500 Detroit properties have title problems

February 27, 2024

In this Bridge Detroit article, Nushrat Rahman speaks to Detroit Future City’s new report detailing heirs’ properties in Detroit. Often referred to as heirs’ properties or tangled titles, it’s a complicated legal situation that arises when a person dies and leaves behind a property without formal legal proceedings, like a will, to prove who owns it. Rahman shares the following:

“Title problems can prevent people from getting into assistance programs that help pay for home repairs or property tax relief. Without the aid, homes could fall into property tax foreclosure. When a title doesn’t transfer within a family, it can be a barrier for families in building generational wealth through their homes. The first-of-its-kind analysis for Detroit looks into the scale of heirs’ properties in the city and solutions to resolve and prevent title problems.”

Read the full article here.


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