What is a community land trust (CLT)?

How does a CLT work?
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A community land trust (CLT) is a nonprofit, community-based organization that works to provide perpetually affordable homeownership opportunities. In the truest sense, a CLT acquires land and removes it from the speculative, for-profit, real estate market. CLT’s hold the land they own “in trust” forever for the benefit of the community by ensuring that it will always remain affordable for homebuyers.

What is the City of Lakes Community Land Trust (CLCLT)?

Our Mission

The mission of the CLCLT is creating community ownership that preserves affordability and inclusivity. We accomplish our mission by providing the following services:

  • Assisting households that otherwise would never be able to purchase a home responsibly in having the ability to do so;
  • Ensuring that, if and when the homeowner(s) decide to sell, the CLCLT is there to keep the home(s) affordable for other income-qualified households; and
  • Provide support necessary for CLCLT homeowners be successful in homeownership.

Fostering “perpetual affordability” of home ownership

CLT’s provide long-term affordable housing by owning the land of a particular property but selling the home on the land to an income-qualified buyer. The homeowner then leases the land from the CLT through a 99-year, renewable ground lease.

The ground lease connects the homeowner to the community and to keeping the house permanently affordable by including a resale formula that determines the home’s CLT sale price and the homeowner’s share of the home’s increased value at the time of sale.

This mechanism facilitates the initial investment made in the home by public and private subsidy sources remaining with the home to make it affordable to subsequent, income-qualified buyers.


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