Whether itâ€™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
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 canâ€™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.
Coldwell Banker Hearthside
Office 215-794-1070 Ext. 117