The Blighted and Abandoned Property Conservatorship Act 135 of 2008 was passed November 26th 2008 and went into effect February 24th 2009. The act creates a process to remediate properties that have been neglected by a private owner. PCDC has successfully acted as the petitioner and conservator for many Philadelphia properties that were likely to continue to deteriorate were it not for the conservatorship act.
A brief overview of the process:
A neglected property is identified by a party in interest - which may be a neighbor, a lien holder, or a non-profit organization. A petitioner files a petition with the Court of Common Pleas to initiate a conservatorship action and recommend a conservator to remediate the property, notifying the property owner of the filing, hearing date, and remediation plan for the property. A conservator is a third party with the competency to take possession of the property and provide the necessary rehabilitation and management.
The property must meet certain conditions for conservatorship:
and the property must meet a minimum of 3 of the following conditions:
The act authorizes the Court of Common Pleas to appoint a conservator, approve a rehabilitation plan, and ensure the plan is properly implemented.
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