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Landlord Hall of Shame

The Landlord Hall of Shame was established by Mayor Ed Pawlowski in October 2008 for the purpose of bringing public pressure to bear on property owners who refuse to improve sub-standard conditions on their rental properties and bring down property values across the neighborhood.

The Landlord Hall of Shame Committee includes the following members: Director Building Standards and Safety, Housing Rehab Supervisor, Housing Supervisor, a representative from Zoning, a representative from Recycling and a representative from the Health Bureau. The committee meets on a regular basis to review potential nominees and nominate a city landlord for recommendation to the mayor for selection as a member of the "Landlord Hall of Shame."  This committee reviews all city owned properties of the selected landlord under consideration.

Criteria for Nomination:

A landlord may be nominated for the landlord Hall of Shame based upon the following criteria.

  • Delinquent Fees (water/sewer, rental, taxes, business license, privilege tax)
  • Declared a nuisance per the Property Rehabilitation and Maintenance Code; anti-litter, zoning and city abated nuisance, liened
  • Registration/License revocation or warnings
  • Rental units tagged as unfit (either condition or illegal)
  • Relocation paid by city to displaced tenants
  • Tenant "testimonials"
  • Neighbor "testimonials"
  • DCR's issued (and history)
  • Health issues (solid waste, animals, etc.)
  • Building issues (no permits, no plans)
  • Police issues
  • Fire issues
Contact Information

City of Allentown
Office of the Mayor
435 Hamilton Street
Allentown, PA 18101
610-437-7546

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