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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!

The town that paid back permit fees plus interest

Pennsylvania really does want to have nice and safe living conditions. In order to achieve this goal, PA gives specific powers to boroughs to help the locals put together requirements (such as a property maintenance code as needed) and the authority to enforce regulations. This is across the board properties, not just rentals. 

That being said, rental property owners are a minority and because they wish to do business by leasing, the boroughs can require a license to operate. Putting together a rental licensing program which may include a safety inspection, should not cost rental property owners any more than the average cost elsewhere. If it does charge in excess, they may be considered levying a tax Pennsylvania forbids. There are enough ways the commonwealth allows local governments to raise revenues, but not in this manner. If you ever got a ticket while driving...yes, congratulations you just helped raise revenue and it IS authorized. Getting a local lawyer may get the ticket thrown out but now you've just sent money to a lawyer who knows a politician...never mind.

And so it went, that the PA Supreme Court upheld a decision by J. Sanchez March 17th, 2003 that West Chester's Code, Ch 66, Article 10, which imposes fees and charges as VOID. Further, the borough was required to reimburse all fees paid WITH INTEREST since 1997. Whoa...that was back when there was such a thing as interest! At any rate, food for thought as we begin to analyze Pittston's rental program.

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