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Commentary on issues regarding property rights, this blog relays information on events past, present, and into the future in Northeast PA (USA). While facts are presented, an opinion may be thrown in the mix to make things more interesting. Corrections are welcomed by using the comments -  as long as we see documents to back it up.

As far as the comment part of this blog, we appreciated hearing from people literally all over the world! We generally don't publish the comments though because this is a local blog. Even so, comments published are rare unless they add to the story or a correction is needed and information sent was confirmed. Glad you're enjoying it though! We STILL have some freedoms here and intend to exercise them at will!

Dunmore's One Strike on the Landlord

Yes, you read it strike sends the bad tenant to another apartment (probably a section 8 that is NOT affected by the ordinance). In the meantime, the landlord has no income but still must pay taxes, mortgage, and insurance. After 6 months, unless completely broke and destroyed credit, the landlord is now subject to thorough inspections, permits, and upgrades. $$$

If we can believe WNEP's article (sometimes, you need to question), Dumbmore is condemning the building because of tenant behavior (drugs). Yep...apparently, the building STRUCTURE is unsafe because the tenants did drugs. This leads up to the question of why we don't demand that the city councils (and in the case of Pittston's manager) become subject to random drug tests?? Sorry Joe, it really IS a fair question given your history and the incredibly poor judgement to hire you without one.

Condemning properties because of tenant behavior is a blatant abuse of the powers given to boroughs via Borough Code by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the adopted Property Maintenance Code that has NO such provision. Landlords should go to the Commonwealth Courts and sue.

As far as the drug dealers: they are here for a reason: they are invited by residents who have a demand for drugs (this IS a depressed area) and way too many people in single family homes buy the drugs. Is Dunmore prepared to pass ordinances that allow code enforcement to kick people out of their homes for possession? Think it can't happen?

Pittston City's Chronic Nuisance  Ordinance no. 4 (2008) can do exactly that and for far less. If your neighbor (who may be a renter!) doesn't like you, he/she can anonymously complain to various departments (code enforcement, police, fire, manager, dog catcher, etc) after three visits in 60 days from any, the chief of police may send notice of possible "ejectment" if you fail to abate the issue and they if get another call. The ordinance states that If the city solicitor moves on it, you are removed from your home for 6 months. "The failure to prosecute an individual, or the fact that no one has been convicted of a crime is NOT a defense to a Chronic Nuisance Action" (Section 6b). Don't even think "Constitution" because this is a civil matter...think NEPALTA and join! 

Yes, drugs are a problem and a danger...mostly caused by politicians and the Chamber Of Commerce who held the wages down, which is why young educated people flee Wyoming Valley. To complicate the matter, cities here advertise in the big cities about the low standard of living inviting people to live here and now they have the nerve to blame the behavior of whom THEY invited on landlords who struggle to keep housing affordable. 

For those in the Scranton area (including Dunmore)...we told you so last year that this will spread to other boroughs if you sit back and let it happen.
NEPALTA helped Duryea avoid massive heartburn, thanks to the leadership of Duryea's mayor.
NEPALTA is trying to help Pittston City get it right, but they like a challenge and we accept.

For all the other's only a matter of time. 

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