Brentwood Council Approves New Property Ordinances Print

 

The Department of Building Inspection/Code Enforcement has gained several new tools to combat property maintenance violations in our community. At its November meeting, Council approved the implementation of a more stringent rental registration program that significantly enhances the Borough’s capacity to hold absentee landlords accountable. While our original rental property program focused on gaining tenant identifying information so as to prevent earned income tax evasion, the new policy requires each unit to be inspected by the Building Code Official at least once per five year period. Property owners who fail to provide the Borough with a list of tenants, refuse to abate violations, or allow taxes or sewage payments to become delinquent shall have their rental license revoked. Additionally, landlords who live beyond the immediate Pittsburgh metro area are required to designate a local agent to receive notices from the municipality.

 

Council also authorized an ordinance that allows Brentwood to take advantage of the provisions of a new state anti-blight initiative. Our Borough now has the capacity to go after the financial assets of recalcitrant property owners as an alternative to filing liens against the parcel. Out-of-state landlords can be subject to extradition for property maintenance hearings. The ordinance also allows the Borough to deny building permits to property owners with unpaid taxes or delinquent sewage charges.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 November 2013 20:42