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Hall of Shame Accepting Nominees

08/29/2013
Hall of Shame Accepting Nominees
Persons interested in nominating a candidate for the City of Allentown’s Landlord Hall of Shame can accomplish that on the city’s website at www.AllentownPa.gov.

Persons can click on a link to the newly designed Landlord Hall of Shame section of the website and then link to the Citizen Contact Form on the left side of the page to fill in the information on their nominee.

“Residents who are tired of living next door or across the street from a rental property eyesore are invited to nominate that landlord,” said Mayor Ed Pawlowski. “If that property meets the criteria that has been established, we will certainly give it serious consideration.”

The Landlord Hall of Shame was established by Mayor Pawlowski 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.

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 a Maintenance Code; anti-litter, zoning and city abated nuisance; liens have been placed on property
 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
The mayor’s Landlord Hall of Shame Committee includes the 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.

Suggested nominees may also be phoned-in to the Bureau of Building Standards & Safety at 610-437-7690. 
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