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Property Survey Begins: A city-wide door-to-door property survey is beginning across Cleveland. All parcels in the city will be visually surveyed, photographed and assigned a letter grade based on its condition. The survey will also assess vacancy, lead risk, and other characteristics. The survey will also provide a unique opportunity to assess all parcels for lead risk with the hope of targeting repair resources to those properties. The last city-wide survey was conducted in 2015. In 2018, a survey was conducted only on the east side of Cleveland.

Cities need data concerning vacant properties and building conditions to make informed decisions regarding the use of limited resources for code enforcement, demolition and rehabilitation. Property inventories have become important tools for communities across the state. Western Reserve Land Conservancy, which is conducting the survey with Cleveland staff, has now completed property inventories in Akron, Dayton, Elyria, Lorain, Oberlin, and Sandusky.