HARRISBURG – The PA House will consider a blight fighting measure which was approved by the state Senate. Senate Bill 940 equips municipalities with a better enforcement mechanism to crack down on abandoned and dilapidated properties. Dauphin County Sen. John DiSanto said his bill enables municipalities to issue condemnation orders on properties that are unfit for human habitation and structurally dangerous to adjacent properties and neighboring residents. Municipalities may file a condemnation order against these non-compliant properties with the county recorder of deeds office and demand corrective action. The order is to be considered a lien on the property and its validity would not be impacted by upset, judiciary, or repository sale of the property. DiSanto’s bill corrects a major deficiency in current law that limits condemnation orders to a specific owner, not the property. The measure passed the state Senate unanimously.

SEN. JOHN DISANTO