Blight Legislation Awaits PA Governor’s Signature

November 2010Newsletters In the Zone

On October 18, 2010, bipartisan legislation that will dramatically reform Pennsylvania’s current laws addressing abandoned or dilapidated properties cleared the Senate and was sent to the Governor for his signature.

Senate Bill 900 , known as the Neighborhood Blight Revitalization and Reclamation Act, passed the Senate unanimously, further aiding the effort for local communities throughout Pennsylvania to fight blight and repair or demolish dilapidated properties.

The bill, authored by Sen. David Argall (R-Schuylkill), will strengthen current law to identify property owners of blighted buildings and hold them responsible for the costs to rehabilitate or demolish these structures. SB 900 provides that if any real property is in serious violation of a building or housing code, the municipality may institute an action to prevent, restrain, correct or abate the violation.

It allows municipalities to deny a building permit, zoning permit, variance or a municipal license, permit or approval if the applicant owns real property in any municipality for which taxes, water, sewer or refuse charges are delinquent or the applicant is in serious violation of a state law or municipal code and has taken no substantial steps to correct the violation six months following notification.

Additionally, SB 900 provides for extradition of out-of-state property owners and specifies under the extradition provisions that out-of-state property owners with code violations must have been charged under the Crimes Code and the extradition shall be subject to the full extent allowed and in the manner authorized by Chapter 91 of the Judicial Code.

For more information, please contact Carrie B. Nase at 215.299.2030 or [email protected]