Distressed Buildings Reports

DND conducts an annual survey of buildings in the city that are identified as distressed.  A distressed building is considered to be any residential, commercial, industrial, or mixed-use building (excluding sheds and garages on residential property) that is not occupied and has visible signs of physical distress (boarded, burned, open to the elements, or otherwise deteriorated). Buildings used for storage may be surveyed as distressed if they are boarded or appear otherwise unoccupied.

Please note: From 1999 to 2007, these buildings were identified as “abandoned” in DND’s survey. DND changed the terminology to “distressed” with the 2008 survey due to owner concerns about  the potential legal implications of identifying a building as “abandoned.”

The City of Boston's 2013 Listing of Distressed Buildings is available online along with an accompanying interactive map of all distressed properties. There are tool buttons on the map which can be used to zoom in for more detail or to center the map window. To get a summary of information and a photographic image, click on any distressed property.  If you are interested in one of the listed properties, please contact the owner directly. Information on property ownership can be accessed through the City of Boston Assessing Department (Assessing Website).


The information provided on this site represents the best information in possession of the Department of Neighborhood Development at the time the survey was completed. The listing of distressed buildings contained herein may be incomplete, inaccurate or out of date. The Department shall not be responsible for any loss or harm to anyone resulting from assumptions, actions, decisions or plans based on use of this information. Such use, including but not limited to copying, printing or reproduction of all or part of this information shall be deemed to constitute knowledge and acceptance of these provisions and disclaimers.
The Department of Neighborhood Development will conduct the next Annual Distressed Buildings Survey in the summer/fall of 2013. In the interim, if you know of a property not on this list that possibly should be, or a property that is no longer distressed and should be removed from the list, please contact DND:
Contact Name: Mario Teran
Telephone: 617-635-0692

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