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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!

Pittston to make changes to inspection

Pittston to make changes to inspection law
October 12. 2013 5:37PM

Obviously due to the NEPA LTA efforts to address grievances members and those who participated in the process had, the City of Pittston has sent out a press release prior to the Town Hall Meeting, their desire to work with us and be reasonable with what we know is a process to enforce the adopted PA UCC.

Attorney John Bradley presented the concerns to the Pittston City Solicitor Sam Falcone who advised the council. The results we look forward to:

Lowered fines (they ARE authorized by the UCC up to $1,000 p/d),

Extended times landlord have to fix problems from 10 -30 days (this is an issue if professionals and/or materials are not available and it saves on appeals)

We'd like to caution Joe Healey from the Sunday Dispatch or any media, to please contact us at (570) 589-0655, or use the contact us page to get an "official response" to press releases. Attorney John Bradley is also a contact for proper responses.

4th Amendment issue on UCC §403.86

NEPA LTA understands that the "Administrative Warrant" maybe used to gain entry to ALL buildings (homes/apartments, etc) if a Fire Code Official or a Code Enforcement Official has "reasonable cause" to believe the building, structure, or premises is unsafe. This warrant to intrude is CIVIL law, not criminal. Because lower courts have ruled in favor of the Administrative Warrants (for the purpose of safety/well being), until it reaches the Supreme Court and is overturned, the Administrative Warrant stands as constitutional. When an abuse of the Administrative Warrant is detected, however, we'll certainly address this from a different angle. The key is for officials to use this authority responsibly until a remedy is found.


We are in the process of looking into how insurance inspections compare to the "Property Maintenance Code" inspections. Because Pittston City (like most) is an "opt-in" UCC enforcer, Pittston determines who is allowed to perform inspections. It may be that insurance companies could save Pittston money while performing comparable inspections.


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