Don’t Take on Unnecessary Risks

Perhaps I’m missing something but the recent enactment in Windber, PA of a rental registry struck me as odd. Rental registration ordinances are commonplace throughout the country. For the most part the programs and requiredREAD MORE

Canton OH Commercial Property Registration Challenges

A recent article discusses the challenges Canton is facing garnering compliance with their commercial property registration ordinance. Eerily similar to an earlier article regarding San Francisco. See following quotes. Canton – “However, several vacant buildingsREAD MORE

Community Engagement in Jamestown NY

Sometimes simplicity is all that is needed. No need to over complicate matters. Jamestown NY has a clear section on its homepage to allow constituents to report a vacant property. For communities that may notREAD MORE

Oswego NY Blight Reduction Loan Program

In a positive step another local government is utilizing the tax rolls to address blight in their community. After years of hearing the frustration over “clean and lien” programs (both having to “clean” and thenREAD MORE

Challenges to Nuisance Property Legislation

Update January 11, 2023 A recent article by the Urban Institute examines “Crime-Free Housing Ordinances”, the various legal challenges, the consequences and the overall effectiveness of these programs. To view the article, please click onREAD MORE

New Hampshire “Zombie Foreclosures” Legislation

New Hampshire Following in the Footsteps of New York State’s “Zombie Foreclosures” Legislation? HB 235 was introduced earlier this year in the New Hampshire Legislature. Interestingly, the bill text mirrors closely the “zombie foreclosure” legislationREAD MORE

Precedent-Setting Court Ruling?

A decision by State Supreme Court Associate Justice Denise Sher  strikes down a zoning condition that required a two-family home to be occupied by its owner. The case against the Town of Hempstead originated afterREAD MORE

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