Pennsylvania Considers Fast-Tracking Vacant and Abandoned Property Foreclosures
April 5, 2016
Providing for the certification of mortgaged property as vacant and abandoned in an action for mortgage foreclosure, possession, quiet title or similar action to enforce an obligation in a mortgaged property, for effect of certification and for additional sheriffs’ fees.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Short title.
This act shall be known and may be cited as the Vacant and Abandoned Real Estate Foreclosure Act.
Section 2. Legislative findings and purpose.
The General Assembly finds and declares that:
(1) Vacant and abandoned real estate, coupled with a default in the obligation to make mortgage payments secured by that real estate, presents a danger to the health, safety and welfare of a community.
(2) Vacant and abandoned real estate often is not repaired, restored and returned to productive use until either a creditor or municipality acquires title to the real estate.
(3) An accelerated procedure is needed to maintain the due process rights of owners of real estate and to reduce unnecessary delays in an action of mortgage foreclosure or an action for possession or similar actions to recover real estate that is vacant and abandoned.
Source: Pennsylvania General Assembly
HB 1954 (full text)