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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!




Wilkes-Barre Struck Out!

August 16, 2016

 

Wilkes-Barre taxpayers will now pay $100,000 to each of the two tenants, and to three landlords (plus attorney fees!) because of a reckless and irresponsible ordinance to reduce crime by confiscating the properties of innocent landlords. That makes as much sense as burning a house down because residents caught the Zika virus. Common sense dictates that with mosquitoes you need to get rid of stagnant water in containers, ditches, and especially old tires. If you have them every month (short life span), you didn’t locate the water source. The same is true with drugs/crime. The reason we have a drug problem is due to the DEMAND. Get rid of the demand and drug dealers move somewhere else. It’s really that simple. So WHY do we have a demand?

 

NEPALTA has said from the beginning that politicians and the Chamber of Commerce have suppressed the wages of workers throughout Wyoming Valley to attract businesses who would keep the wages low to keep the cost of living low (also the source of blight – no money to renovate). Local colleges were funded to attract young talented people who left as soon as they could after graduation to make higher wages. The desperate politicians then invited low to no income folks from NYC, Philly, Newark, etc., and sure enough they brought the drug culture with them knowing this is a depressed area.

 

To add insult to injuries we have a flood of low wage immigrants thanks to the same people who brought us the drug problem! When will we hold THEM accountable? Of course we are referring to local politicians who really should be sued, not Wilkes-Barre taxpayers. Hopefully, the voters will learn that certain politicians are just BAD for taxpayers...hopefully.

 

Pittston has a similar ordinance that prior to NEPALTA’s lawsuit was called the Three Strikes Ordinance then changed to “Chronic Nuisance Ordinance”. Here are the basics:

  1. The ordinance applies to ALL properties, not just rentals

  2. If any city official is called three times in 6 months for any issue, your property is eligible

  3. The city officials can be anyone from code enforcement, police, to clerks.

  4. It could be ANYTHING unrelated to the owner such as dog feces from someone else’s dog or even people you don’t know fighting on YOUR property!

  5. The lack of prosecution does NOT prevent being declared a Chronic Nuisance property!

  6. The chief of police, not necessarily a judge, can then declare your property a Chronic Nuisance Property and move to Ejectment!

  7. You are removed from the property for 1 year, though still pay taxes, mortgage, and insurances.

  8. After 1 year, you’ll need a UCC inspection to get an occupancy permit…yes, $$ if you can afford it!

     

    As one can see, Wilkes-Barre isn’t the only city with bad ordinances. Pittston has the Chronic Nuisance Law (which a tenant may use against a homeowner!) and the Rental Registration Ordinance. NEPALTA has been dormant publically, but active working quietly and methodically through the court system and we do need support! Pittston’s Philadelphia lawyers have worked tirelessly to stall the suit hoping we would just go away draining every last penny, but we’re still at it! After fighting tooth and nail to deny the “Freedom of Information” request, Pittston was finally DIRECTED BY THE JUDGE to comply with the law. As a result, Pittston has finally produced a mess of information…and THINGS ARE A MESS. They apparently don’t believe in keeping ANY records showing how they do business – it’s apparently not something “they” need to do. The problem will be connecting the dots to justify the Rental Registration/Inspection program. Without justification, it’s simply another taxing scheme.

     

    And so, Wilkes-Barre’s defeat happened because that ordinance met resistance NEPALTA was happy to initially be involved in. Pittston’s bad ordinances will meet the same fate as long as NEPALTA continues to challenge them to the end. It’s been tough, but we’re gaining ground! The lawsuit has been made very expensive for both parties because Pittston doesn’t want it to go to court. They ARE vulnerable, but we need your help! Please donate today!

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