Buy Property from the City

There are 2 basic types of property you can buy through the City.

  • City-owned properties. The city of Syracuse owns many properties throughout the city — mostly vacant lots.  Purchase of City-owned property is evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and properties are typically sold at market value, as determined by a third-party appraiser.  Please click here(PDF, 928KB) or see below for the Application.
  • Tax delinquent properties. The City’s partner — the Greater Syracuse Land Bank — has possession of seized properties. They were taken from the old owners because they didn’t pay taxes.  Available properties are listed on the Land Bank’s website.

Are you a real estate agent or investor?

To get a list of tax delinquent properties in Syracuse, you need to make a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request. Fill out a FOIL request.(PDF, 299KB)

Have questions?

Want to find out about other available properties? Or have you heard about a tax delinquent property you’re interested in buying?

For City-Owned Property

Review the City-Owned Property Purchase Application(PDF, 928KB)

Contact the Assessment Department with any questions:

Phone: 315-448-8270

For property owned by the Land Bank

Contact the Greater Syracuse Land Bank 
Phone: 315-422-2301