Mow to Own Program

UPDATE: As of Thursday, Jan 5 at noon, there are no more properties available for Mow to Own or cash bids. 

The City may conduct this program again in the fall. Interested parties are encouraged to check this webpage for updates and sign up for the City's email distribution list here

In October 2016, the City of Eustis kicked off Mow to Own, a new program aimed at reducing the number of City-owned, vacant lots by allowing acquisition of property through routine maintenance instead of a cash purchase. The program resulted in 21 successful Mow to Own applications and three cash bids for the surplus properties identified. On Jan. 3, the City released the list of the 14 surplus properties still available and eligible for the Mow to Own program or a cash bid. Of the 14 properties still available, nine are eligible for the Mow to Own program and five properties, which are larger in size and higher in value, are eligible for a cash bid only.

Now, Mow to Own applications and cash bids will be considered on a first come, first served basis. There is a non-refundable application fee of $100 per property (Mow to Own only) to cover administrative and legal fees. Completed applications, including the bid sheet and deposit, can be delivered to the Development Services Department located in City Hall at 4 N. Grove St.


The Mow to Own program commits applicants to maintain the vacant property for two years, after which period the property is signed over (conveyed) to the applicant. It is the desire of the City to see these properties incorporated into neighboring yards and/or improved. 

PROGRAM GUIDELINES

Eligible Participants 

  • Adjacent owner-occupants 
  • 501(c)(3) Organizations
  • Other Interested Parties

 Requirements

  • Applicant must maintain the property for a two-year period. General maintenance includes mowing of grass, raking leaves, removal of fallen trees or branches, picking up trash and compliance with all other applicable City Ordinances.
  • Applicant must not have any nuisance, building and/or zoning violations against them within the last two years.
  • Applicant must not have delinquent utility account within the last two years.
  • Applicant must not have failed to pay property tax in the last two years.
  • 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organizations must have 501(c)(3) status at the time of application and maintain it throughout the two-year time period.
  • Applicant cannot build on the site (but can otherwise use, such as gardening) until the two-year period is over and the property is conveyed to the applicant. During the two-year period, the applicant has only a right to possess/occupy and to maintain, and shall have no ownership interest in the property. 

 Process

  • Select vacant property from surplus property list and submit application. Applications for properties not listed on surplus list and identified as Mow to Own eligible will not be considered.
  • Submit application fee of $100 per property (non-refundable) with application. Application fee covers administrative and legal fees of City.
  • Applications will be reviewed by City staff. As required, staff may request additional information for consideration of approval.
  • If approved, the applicant will be required to sign a Memorandum of Understanding stating requirements to fulfill obligation of maintenance. The Memorandum of Understanding cannot be transferred by the applicant to another person without the written consent of City. The Memorandum of Understanding will become null and void if applicant fails to perform agreed upon maintenance at any time during the agreed upon time period. If applicant fails to fulfill his/her maintenance obligations, as determined solely by City, applicant shall have no right to cure the default. Notice that the Memorandum of Understanding has been voided by City will be given to applicant at the address appearing upon the application, unless applicant has informed City of a new address in writing; upon such notice, applicant shall immediately vacate the property and shall not thereafter enter upon the property.
  • After the two-year time period has passed the property will be conveyed to the applicant by quit claim deed, which the City will record in the Public Records of Lake County. The City will not provide title insurance to the purchaser. The purchaser may independently purchase title insurance through a title company.

  Additional Conditions:

  • Applicant, by signing the Memorandum of Understanding, acknowledges that applicant has inspected the property and accepts the property “as is” and acknowledges that City has made no representations or warranties regarding the property. (Note that listed properties may include both stand-alone buildable sites and no-buildable sites only suitable to expand an existing yard).
  • Applicant, by signing the Memorandum of Understanding, acknowledges that Applicant, and each person entering upon the property, knowingly assumes the risk of injury or damage which any of same or the property of same may sustain as the result of the maintenance and/or use of the property by applicant or by said other person, and that City shall have no liability to applicant, nor to any person entering upon the property. Applicant is solely responsible for the condition of the property.
  • Applicant waives any claim it may have against City by reason of the condition of the property or by reason of applicant’s use or maintenance of the property or for any other reason related thereto, and applicant releases the City from any and all claims and demands for damages or injuries which applicant or any of applicant’s family members, friends, guests, permittees, agents, servants, employees, or licensees, or any other occupant or trespasser upon the property may sustain which may give rise to any liability by City.
  • Applicant, by signing the Memorandum of Understanding, covenants and agrees that applicant will indemnify, defend and hold harmless City, its officers, agents, and employees from and against any and all liability claims, damages, expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees), fees, fines, penalties, proceedings, actions, and causes of action of any and every kind and nature arising or growing out of or in any way connected with this Agreement, or with the use of the property by applicant or by any other person, or with any condition of or condition upon the property.

 For more information, please contact the Development Services Department at (352) 483-5460.