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WHAT IS A COMMUNITY LAND TRUST?

Community land trusts (CLT) are designed to provide community stewardship of land. They are primarily used to ensure long-term housing affordability. To do so, a CLT maintains ownership of acquired land permanently.

When a house is built on the land, only the house is sold, and the homebuyer enters into a long-term, renewable lease of the land. When the house is resold, the CLT and the homeowner split the increased property value using a previously agreed upon resale formula. This allows for the house to remain affordable for the subsequent homebuyers who follow.

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