back taxes, water and PGW. run a title report before you buy
Michael Cohen 610-642-0347
When homes are abandoned things get very gray as to what can be done to "claim" them, but in the end do you really want to have a home you made repairs on and/or fixed up once someone knocks on the door with a nice letter for you to show up in court? Banks are behind right now in some things, and if a bank happens to catch up and an abandoned home is in their inventory, they will have no problem dragging the matter through financial mess until the "occupant" can no longer fight for it.
I would contact a title company if you are really interested in looking up history on the property, and they can help you from there.