CLEVELAND, Ohio – A Cleveland property owner wants the U.S. Supreme Court to address how Cuyahoga County handles the foreclosure of certain properties.
Attorneys for Elliott Feltner have petitioned the justices to examine whether the process of the county foreclosing on properties and transferring them to a land bank is constitutional. The Supreme Court has set a conference for Friday, which could determine whether it hears the case.
The litigation focuses on a 2006 state law enacted to speed the foreclosure process on shuttered buildings. Instead of having the properties go up for a sheriff’s auction, as is customary, the board of revision can transfer them to a land bank, even if the properties’ values far exceed the amount of taxes owed.
In Feltner’s case, he inherited his father-in-law’s automotive body shop in Cleveland’s Collinwood neighborhood. It was valued at $144,500, but the back taxes amounted to $65,189.