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Reclaiming Abandoned Pennsylvania
Abandonment is a serious problem for communities throughout the state, but if addressed aggressively and comprehensively, it offers tremendous opportunity for older built-out cities and towns to add new housing to their neighborhoods.
This March 2003 Housing Alliance publication identifies ten state-level reforms to make the acquisition of vacant and abandoned property cheaper, easier and faster. These reforms would help communities transform abandoned properties into a competitive, developable product.
From the Executive Summary:
- CREATE a Statewide Inventory Of Abandoned Residential Property Using Agreed Upon Procedures And Definitions
- PROMOTE The Effective Acquisition, Assembly And Disposition Of Abandoned Properties On A Large Scale Through The Use Of Land Banks, Sideyard Programs And Other Best Practices
- INTRODUCE Hardship Waiver for Low-Value Homes To Medicaid Estate Recovery Program
- MODERNIZE The Tax Liens Act To Make Foreclosure An Effective Land Acquisition Tool
- REFORM Eminent Domain Law To Streamline Process And Permit Just Compensation Reserves To Be Accurately Calculated And Reinvested If Unclaimed
- INCREASE Owner Accountability To Encourage Property Donation
- ESTABLISH A Private Right Of Action To Empower Neighbors To Initiate Legal Action To Address Blight And Abandonment
- CREATE A Smart Rehabilitation Building Subcode To Encourage Rehabilitation And Ensure the Safety Of Older Buildings Without Requiring Them To Meet Costly and Burdensome New Construction Standards
- REDUCE Time For Possession To 10 Years Under Adverse Possession Law to Encourage Homeownership and Property Rehabilitation in Cities
- PROVIDE Incentives For Property Maintenance And Deter Abandonment By Increasing Funding for the Proven Basic Systems Repair Grant Programty cheaper, easier and faster.
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