Selling a House With Squatters in Philadelphia
Vacant houses with squatters is becoming far too common in Philadelphia. It’s not plastered over the news and there aren’t any trending hashtags on social media attempting to bring awareness to it. As so articulately stated in an article written by AxisPhilly.org contributing writer, Solomon Jones, “‘the practice, known as squatting, is illegal’”. For owners with this problem selling a house with squatters in Philadelphia is the only viable option.
Vacant houses with squatters are not only a potential neighborhood threat, but can be a nightmare to the city as a whole.
Why are there so many vacant homes in Philadelphia neighborhoods with squatters?
There are three primary reasons that houses have squatters in Philadelphia.
Lack of Communication between Responsible Agencies
There has got to be some way that the vacant homes of the neighborhoods are monitored, or even tracked. Actually, there is, sort of. The responsibility falls on a few agencies, the residents of the neighborhood, included.
“Part of the problem is there hasn’t been ongoing communication between the agencies, and we’re working to try to bridge that gap,” said police spokesman Lt. John Stanford. “It’s not just the police, Licenses & Inspections (L&I), or the city. Everyone has to work together. If there’s illegal activity we can go in and make arrests, but to keep people out, L&I has to clean and seal the property and post no trespassing signs.”
The owner of the home needs to be responsible
A home is an investment, so you would think that the owner of the homes would be interested in maintaining their vacant home, and finding a tenant to generate a revenue and eliminate the possibilities of illegal residency. Unfortunately, that’s not always the always the case, hence the outstanding number of vacant homes with squatters in Philadelphia.
According to Maura Kennedy of the Department of Licenses and Inspections, which is in charge of code enforcement, there are many cases where neither the owner nor a relative can be found.
The owner is deceased
There are also cases where the owners are deceased and there is no one to assume responsibility of the property, or perhaps the new responsible party isn’t interested in being held accountable. This can pose an issue in terms of removing squatters from a home.
Phil Lord, attorney and executive director of the Tenant Union Representative Network states that the most effective way for neighbors to have squatters removed from a neighborhood is if criminal activity is occurring in the property and it is reported.
However, although an arrest can be made, Lord says, “If the tenant says the owner let me in here, how do you prove that they didn’t if the owner let them in before they died? “There needs to be someone there with higher right and title – someone like a relative of the owner – who can say, “this person is a squatter.’”
Vacant homes with squatters in Philadelphia are a growing issue. Neighborhoods are losing value, owners are losing revenue and the illegal practice can be overwhelming.
There are major burdens that are inevitable when dealing with squatters who are unlawfully occupying your property:
-The threat of major damage to your property
-The cost of repairing the major damage to your property
-Expensive court costs and lawyer costs to go through the legal process of kicking them out. Having the sheriff physically remove squatters from your property comes with a hefty price tag
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