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  • New Pennsylvania Blight Laws Announced

    Posted Under: Rentals in Pottsville  |  March 15, 2011 10:22 AM  |  3,014 views  |  No comments

    At a press conference Wednesday in Minersville, PennsylvaniaPennsylvania Blight Law

     state Sen. David Argall, R-29, and members of the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania unveiled the first copies of "A Quick Guide: New tools for addressing blighted properties," a handbook for borough and township officials.

    "There is no such thing as too much information," Argall said. "This guide is an answer to the concerns of local governments, community groups and property owners. We are continuing to work together on other issues that need to be addressed in fighting blight and improving the job climate in our local communities."

     

    Among the tools we have now, the law

     

    • Makes owners who buy property with known code violations abate them within 18 months  (structures) or 12 months (lots).
    • Makes multiple code convictions a misdemeanor criminal offense.
    • Allows aggressive issuance of citations and increased penalties for code violations that threaten public health, safety or property.
    • Allows a court-appointed third party to take control of a blighted property when the owner has died or refuses to act. 
    • Allows municipalities to collect costs related to code violations by filing judgments against property owners, not just liens against the properties.
    • Clarifies that municipalities may extradite property owners who live outside of Pennsylvania who are subject to municipal ordinance prosecutions.  
    • Allows municipalities to enforce their codes by denying permits and licenses to property owners with code violations or tax delinquencies.   
    • Reorders the statute that governs use of eminent domain powers and modernizes associated costs.
    • Defines abandoned property and adds abandoned properties to those that can be certified as blighted. 

    And there's lots more involved. Copies of the guide are available for free on the housing alliance website, The Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania.





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    Erica Ramus is Broker/Owner of Realty Executives in Pottsville, PA. If you're looking for a PROFESSIONAL to represent you in all of your Schuylkill County real estate needs, call Realty Executives at 570-622-6006. Serving all of Schuylkill County ... Pottsville, Orwigsburg, Schuylkill Haven, Auburn, Pine Grove, Frackville, Minersville, Ashland, Shenandoah, Port Carbon, Palo Alto, St. Clair, Barnesville real estate. Click on the link above to search Pottsville PA homes for sale or any Schuylkill County homes for sale. We have all properties listed for sale in the Schuylkill MLS on our website -- free search! No registration is required!

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