When an estate of which a surviving spouse is dowable, or in which such spouse owns a dower interest assigned to or vested in such spouse, consists in whole or in part of timberlands or other unimproved lands or lots, the commissioners, appointed as provided in section 5305.06 of the Revised Code, shall return to the court of common pleas a true appraisement of such lands in money, and also a true appraisement of their annual rental value. Upon the hearing of such report, if it appears to the court that the assignment of dower in such lands, either by metes and bounds, or as of the rents, issues, and profits, cannot be or has not been made so as to provide such surviving spouse with an income from the lands or lots so charged commensurate with their value, as fixed by such commissioners, the court shall determine the value of such dower in money, and make an order directing the sheriff to advertise and sell such lands, or so much thereof as is necessary, as upon execution. The sheriff shall not cause the lands to be appraised, but their value as returned by the commissioners shall be the appraised value, and they shall not be sold for less than two thirds of that value. Upon the confirmation of such sale, the court shall order the payment to the surviving spouse out of the money arising therefrom the value of the dower so determined by it.
Effective Date: 10-01-1953 .