Provide incentives for property owners to rent to families and individuals experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.
Connect landlords with renters who are pre-screened and working with a social service provider. Landlords are guaranteed on-time rental payments and a contingency fund is set up to help cover repairs.
Funds provided to landlords for repair and facade improvements should include affordable housing incentives.
Homes in Allentown are old, which mean they need critical expensive repairs more often. Drafty homes mean higher energy bills. Residents are breathing in mold, asbestos and unhealthy air which contributes affects their health and leads to missed days at school and work.
Property owners may be eligible for grants of up to $50,000 to repair, update, and adapt their properties. Landlords can apply for up to $50,000 for each rental unit.
Go after slumlords
Many landlords in Allentown are good, but we need to hold the ones who are not accountable.
Implement Point System with a focus on problem landlords with multiple properties. Institute progressive fines and consequences for repeat offenders
Refuse permits or new rental licenses to slumlords
Enforce the Law
The Neighborhood Blight Reclamation and Revitalization Act allows Allentown to go after landlords assets. This allows for:
Placing a lien against the personal assets of a property owner severe violation of a building codes or is a public nuisance.
Taking a slumlord to court, to seek judgment against their assets
Out of State Landlords
Extradite out-of-state property owners back to Pennsylvania to be charged with violations