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By Dan Golden | Agent in Bucks County, PA

More municipal intrusions planned

Whether it’s trying to legislate the use and spread of bamboo or inspections of houses before they sell, municipalities are often sticking their noses into places where they do not belong.

A case in point is Chalfont, a borough in Central Bucks County near Doylestown. A recent article in The Intelligencer reported that borough council will consider an ordinance that establishes a residential housing rental registration and inspection program at a meeting on Nov. 12 at Borough Hall.

Chalfont Council also revealed that it will consider an ordinance authorizing a program that would require all multi-family, commercial and industrial properties to undergo fire safety and emergency equipment inspections. That discussion will take place at the same meeting.

I can just imagine inspectors from Chalfont entering rental properties and informing property owners that certain things on their properties need to be repaired or updated. Same goes for the fire inspections. Either way, it will cost the township money to pay those inspectors, and it certainly will cost property owners more.

Council members mean well, I think. But for some reason, they can’t resist trying to make every aspect of life in their small towns subject to borough or township scrutiny.

Have a question about buying or selling real estate in Bucks or Montgomery counties, feel free to contact me.

Dan Golden

Coldwell Banker Hearthside

d.golden@cbhearthside.com

267-626-3890

Office 215-794-1070 Ext. 117

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