April 11, 2012
Leo Mulvihill, a lawyer who lives in the area, said that neighbors saw vagrants breaking in, and that the building was being used as a drug den and an illegal chop shop …
‘We are a system of laws. . . . Each time you have a violation, you have to be given an opportunity to respond,’ Gillison said. ‘That’s just the way it is here in America. The bottom line is that it’s incumbent on the owner to respond.’
The city can seal properties without an owner’s permission, but the city places a premium on working with owners and trying to get them to take responsibility.
‘I understand that L&I has policies. I understand that there is due process afforded to the owner,’ Mulvihill said. ‘The important point is it shouldn’t have deteriorated to the point it did before the city did anything about it.’
After deadly fire, debate over who was responsible for building’s condition (Philadelphia Inquirer).
I wasn’t kidding when I said that yesterday’s post wouldn’t be our first. Check back as we figure out what else we can do to fight slumlords and get the city to act so this doesn’t happen again.
April 10, 2012
This is what we were trying to prevent.
By now, I am sure you’ve heard of the terrible fire at the old Buck Hosiery plant in which two firefighters lost their lives.
l’ve walked past this building countless times on my way to and from the York Dauphin El station and marveled at its unrealized potential. Now, instead of realizing that potential, it’s the scene of a horrific fire that’s made national news for killing two firefighters. Read the rest of this entry »
February 2, 2012
For those of you who’ve ever had to deal with landlord tenant court here in Philadelphia before, you know that it can be a harrowing experience – especially if you don’t have an attorney. Here’s a quick run down of a recent Common Pleas Court decision that may change the future of eviction proceedings.
In Pennsylvania, we theoretically have some excellent laws here to protect tenants — including the Landlord Tenant Act and the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law. And in Philadelphia specifically, tenants have some additional protections due to the oft-maligned Department of Licenses and Inspections.
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