WCPN's Mhari Saito interviewed Mike Schramm, a programmer analyst at the Center on Urban Poverty, regarding an analysis that he did regarding the number of unrecorded sheriff's deeds in Cuyahoga County.
Unrecorded sheriff's deeds are deeds from a Sheriff's sale - for which a purchaser does not file as the owner of the property with the County recorder.
Because the property transfers, but the owner remains unrecorded, this makes it more difficult to hold the owner accountable for property violations.
Unrecorded sheriff's deeds are used as one idicator of potential proporty violations or property abaondonment.
This study found that 2,000 properties in Cuyahoga County and 1,100 in the city of Cleveland that have been repossessed by mortgage companies at sheriff sale, but not recorded with the County Recorder.