Blight to Bright Appendix

Section One

1.      International Property Maintenance Code or Individual Ordinances – Adopt legal framework to hold properties to clear standards

·         Borough of Mahanoy City International Property Maintenance Code Sample Ordinance (2011)

·         Spring Grove Borough International Property Maintenance Code Sample Ordinance

·         Etna Door Hanger for violations

·         Etna Building and Property Maintenance Code Appeal Form 

·         Penn Hills Code Violations Questions and Answers

2.      Quality of Life Violation Ticketing Ordinance – Issue tickets and fines for code violations that are visible on the exterior of a private property

·         Allentown SWEEP regulations 

·         Allentown Sweep Ticket Appeal Request 

·         City of Hazelton Quality of Life and Violations Ticket Process Regulations

·         City of Reading Quality of Life Ordinance

3.      Rental Property Registration – Require rental property owners to provide contact information for the owner or a local agent, pay an annual fee to cover costs of regular inspections and complaint response and learn their responsibilities under the Code and regulations.

·         City of New Castle Residential Rental Property Permit Fee Law 

·         City of New Castle Residential Rental Registration Form

·         Erie Rental Registration Law

·         Borough of Mahanoy City Rental Registration Ordinance (2011)

·         Coal Township Rental Registration Ordinance

·         Mt. Carmel Borough Rental Registration Ordinance

·         Allentown Residential Rental Unit Registration Application

·         2009 Allentown Progress Report Discusses Rental License Registration/Revocation  (p.11)

4.      Vacant Property Registration – Require vacant property owners to provide contact information for the owner or a local agent, pay an annual fee to cover costs of regular inspections and complaint response and learn their responsibilities under the Code and regulations.

·         City of Reading 2012 Ordinance

·         City of Reading Vacant/For Sale Property Application

·         Steelton Borough Vacant and Foreclosed Property Ordinance

·         Vacant Property Registration Ordinances from around the Country

5.      Registration of Foreclosed Properties -  Partner with a for-profit company to require lenders to register properties once they are in default, pay an annual fee, identify a contact person to oversee the security and maintenance of the foreclosed property.

·         Steelton Borough Vacant and Foreclosed Property Ordinance (2011)

·         Allentown Registration of Foreclosed Property Ordinance (2012)

·         Property Registration Ordinances from around the Country

6.      Pre-Sale Inspections – Require sellers to pay for inspection prior to transfer to new owner and notify owners of deficiencies or bring property up to code

·         City of Allentown Pre-Sales Inspection Procedure

·         City of Allentown Request for Pre-Sales Inspection

·         2009 Allentown Progress Report Discusses Implementation of Pre-Sale Inspection Program  (p.7)

7.      Municipal Code and Ordinance Compliance Act – Require purchasers of property with known code violations to resolve the violation within 18 months

8.      Disqualification of Tax Sale Bidders – Restrict bidders with tax delinquency or code violations

·         Schuylkill County Bidder Registration Form

·         Schuylkill County Tax Claim Bureau Affidavit Of Bidder

9.      Home Repair and Rental Rehabilitation Assistance – Offer financial assistance to owners without sufficient money to bring properties up to code

·         Philadelphia Basic Systems Repair Program Pamphlet

·         Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation How to Maintain Your Home Manual

10.  Doors and Windows Ordinance - Impose fines for each missing door and window on a vacant property and increase fines over time  

·         Philadelphia Securing Vacant Property Ordinance

·         Presentation on Doors and Windows Ordinance by Maura Kennedy to Local Government Academy on March 8, 2012

·         Philadelphia Vacant Property Checklist

·         Windows and Doors One Page Results 11.11.13

·         City of Philadelphia Licenses and Inspections: Act 90 Enforcement Analysis, William Penn Data Collaborative, PPT  (January 21, 2014).

11.  Permit Denial – Deny municipal real property permits to owners of delinquent properties or properties with a judgment of serious code violations

·         Linesville Act 90 Ordinance

·         Marple Township Act 90 Ordinance

·         Model Act 90 Ordinance Draft (March 2011)

·         Sample Disclosure form

12.  Asset Attachment - Attach owner’s other assets to pay to demolish or improve property - No Docs.  Hasn’t been used yet.

13.  Hall Of Shame  - Bring public pressure to bear on owners of the most blighted properties

·         City of Allentown Landlord Hall of Shame Website

·         Coal Township Wall of Shame Website

14.  Criminal Misdemeanor Sanctions for Multiple Code Violations – Impose criminal penalties on owners who repeatedly violate building, property maintenance and housing codes. No Docs.  Hasn’t been used yet.

15.  Extradition of Out-of- State Property Owners – Request Governor to extradite property owner living in other state for criminal prosecution with municipality paying expenses of transfer  No Docs.  Hasn’t been used yet.

 

Section 2:  Tools to Address Long-Term Vacant and Abandoned Blighted Properties

 

1.      Demolition – Remove unsafe structure and prepare property for reinvestment

2.      Blight Fund – Establish a fund with tax revenue to address blight and dangerous conditions

3.      Estate Administration - Open estate of deceased property owners to transfer to new owner

·         Petrone Templates of Forms and Letters Regarding Administration of Estates by a Redevelopment Authority: Packet #1 , Packet #2

·         PA Department of Revenue Estate Information Sheet Completed by Pettrone

·         Orphans’ Court Family Agreement and Information Accounting Completed by Pettrone

·         PA Department of Revenue Inheritance Tax Return Completed by Pettrone

·         Real Estate and Personal Assets Inventory for Estate Completed by Pettrone

·         Petition for Probate and Grant of Letters Completed by Pettrone

·         Orphans Court Petition For Citations To Next Of Kin To Show Cause Why The Court Should Not Appoint A Third-Party to act As Administrator Completed by Pettrone

·         Correspondence Related to Administration of Estates by Redevelopment Authority  of Wilkinsburg

4.      Conservatorship - Appoint third party to enter onto someone else’s property and complete the improvements needed to make it safe

·         Act 135 of 2008 Summary, Housing Alliance

·         Housing Alliance Conservatorship Clearinghouse Webpage

·         Housing Alliance Conservatorship Handbooks

·         Pennsylvania’s Abandoned and Blighted Property Conservatorship Act: Implementation and Best Practices Manual, Regional Housing Legal Services (April 2011).

5.      Condemn Property Using Blighted Property Review Committee

·         Presentation by Linda Kelleher City of Reading City Clerk, Reinventing the BPRC Process, For the Local Government Academy (March 8 2012).

·         2009 Allentown Progress Report Discusses Operating Plan for Blighted Property Review Committee  (p.5)

6.      Land Bank - Create a single entity to acquire, manage and dispose of vacant properties

·         Dauphin County By-Laws

·         Dauphin County Land Bank Ordinance

·         Dauphin County Land Bank Memorandum of Understanding with Township and School District

·         Philadelphia Land Bank Ordinance

·         Irene Mclaughlin, Land Bank and Tax Sales Memo:  Municipal Claims and Tax Lien Law (MCTLL), Housing Alliance (2013).

·         Irene Mclaughlin, Land Bank and Tax Sales Memo: Real Estate Tax Sale Law (RETLS), Housing Alliance (2013).