City of Pittsburgh Council District 6
Councilman Lavelle Will Introduce Bill to Target Abandoned Residential Properties Pending Foreclosures
I am excited to introduce to Council tomorrow, July 2nd, a proposed ordinance that would establish a vacant property registry for abandoned residential properties pending foreclosure. With this bill, an additional tool would be provided to the City to hold lender and mortgage servicers accountable for the maintenance of abandoned homes to which foreclosure proceedings have been initiated.
The goal of the vacant property registry is to establish a blight prevention model that incentivizes creditors to get their properties up to code, and to clarify property stewardship for abandoned properties that are pending foreclosure. It is intended to reduce and prevent neighborhood blight, to ameliorate conditions that threaten the health, safety and welfare of the public, to promote neighborhood stability and residential owner occupancy by preserving the condition and appearance of residential properties, and to maintain residential property values and assessments. 
This bill will be an important step in cleaning up vacant properties left decaying in the wake of the foreclosure crisis. By holding lender and mortgage servicers accountable for the maintenance of abandoned homes, properties can be saved from further deterioration, staunching one of the wounds that can lead to neighborhood blight. 
For more information on the proposal, please contact the District 6 office at 412-255-2134.
R. Daniel Lavelle
Monday, July 1, 2013

Office of Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle
414 Grant Street, 5th Floor | City County Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
telephone: 412-255-2134 | facsimile 412-255-0737


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