Community Development FAQs

Where can I find information on foreclosed properties?

See the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office foreclosure pager here.

From:
Community Development
Category:
Property

Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q884
Where can I find information on real estate tax abatement?

The City offers residential tax abatement through the Department of Community Development. Call the Development Office of this department at 216.664.4000, (Fax 216.664.4006) or see the City's online residential tax abatement information here.

From:
Community Development
Category:
Property

Last updated: 04/08/2015 - 6:16pm

Q885
How can I apply for tax exemptions on residential real property?

For city ordinance and property eligibility information, click here.

From:
Community Development
Category:
Property

Last updated: 04/08/2015 - 6:15pm

Q919
What number do I call about purchasing vacant commercial city-owned property?

Contact the Economic Development Department at 216.664.2406.

From:
Community Development
Category:
Business

Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q1349
Does the City offer meetings to business owners to learn about Economic Development programs?

Yes, to arrange for an "ED Overview" meeting, call 216.664.2406. The ED Team makes presentations to individuals, businesses and groups about loan and grant programs.

From:
Community Development
Category:
Business

Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q1350
Does Cleveland have a Chamber of Commerce?

There is the Greater Cleveland Partnership and COSE, or the Council of Smaller Enterprises.

From:
Community Development
Category:
Business

Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q1352
What is fair housing?

Fair housing is a right, not a privilege. It is your right under the law to compete equally for housing, without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability or family status.

From:
Office of Fair Housing & Consumer Affairs
Category:
Fair Housing

Last updated: 03/25/2015 - 11:41am

Q888
How do I know if I'm a victim of discrimination?

You may be concerned if you hear any of the following statements:

  • We had an apartment, but someone just put a deposit on it.
  • Sorry, we just rented the last apartment.
  • The apartment won't be available for several months.
  • You probably wouldn't like it here.
  • This apartment is a little expensive, isn't it?
  • We can't make an appointment for you now, why don't you call back?
  • I know of a nice area where most of the people speak your language.
  • We can't have three generations living in one apartment.
  • I think there's a synagogue a few miles from here. You might want to try that area.
  • You do go to church, don't you?
  • The rental deposit for male tenants is a little higher because they don't keep the place as neat.
  • We'd like to keep it "male only" because we don't want any "trouble".
  • What income do you have besides child support and alimony?
  • I might have a vacancy - how badly do you want it, honey?
  • We don't allow children on the second floor.
  • I'm sorry, we only rent to working people.
  • Your income has to be four times the rent.
  • We can't allow you to widen any doorways to accommodate your wheelchair.
  • You will have to wait for the first available parking place, and we can't guarantee you the space outside your unit.
From:
Office of Fair Housing & Consumer Affairs
Category:
Fair Housing

Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q889
What can I do if I suspect I am a victim of housing discrimination?
  • Call the City of Cleveland Fair Housing Board at 216-664-2018 and make an intake appointment.
  • Gather paperwork: lease, mortgage, written correspondence, names/phone numbers of witnesses.
  • Keep your investigator informed of changes in your address or phone number during the investigation.
  • Work cooperatively with your investigator - the burden of proof of discrimination is yours.
From:
Office of Fair Housing & Consumer Affairs
Category:
Fair Housing

Last updated: 03/25/2015 - 11:42am

Q890
Where can I find general resources on living in Cleveland?

There is a wealth of information in the Community section of the city's website here. Information on housing opportunities and options can be found on the Live Cleveland website here.

From:
Community Development
Category:
Mayor's Office and City Hall

Last updated: 04/08/2015 - 6:15pm

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