Ohio Bans Plywood Usage on Vacant Homes

Think Realty - 09 January 2017

Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s signing of H.B. 463 on Jan. 4, 2017, makes Ohio the first state to outlaw the use of plywood to cover windows on vacant residential homes.

“This is a significant advancement for those engaged in the battle against neighborhood blight in Ohio,” said Robert Klein, founder and chairman of Community Blight Solutions and an advocate for H.B. 463. “Plywood is an outdated solution to a growing modern-day problem. We need to apply 21st century solutions to reverse the trends that are decimating our neighborhoods. It is my hope that other states will follow Ohio’s leadership and enact similar legislation.”

“Clear boarding is a new technology solution that is far preferable to plywood,” Klein said. “It is virtually unbreakable, resembles glass so it enhances neighborhoods, protects property values and secures properties so they can be returned to the market more quickly in a more stable and marketable condition.”

Fannie Mae has taken steps to eliminate the use of plywood to secure its own pre- and post-foreclosure properties. As of Nov. 9, 2016, those who service Fannie Mae-owned homes must now use the approved polycarbonate sheets – aka clear boarding – instead of plywood.  Fannie Mae has been advocating for clear boarding since 2014 as part of an ongoing effort to deter illegal activities and blight across neighborhoods nationwide.

Ohio H.B. 463 will go into effect in 90 days from the date of signing. The complete bill can be reviewed here. You can read our Think Realty article on Fannie Mae’s clear boarding decision by clicking here.

Which state do you think will be next to ban the use of plywood?