Philadelphia’s News Outlets are Hearing Us!

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.