This blog features case law related to real estate, land use, zoning, and municipal law in Pennsylvania

Month: December 2015

Trial Courts Cannot Grant Petition For Sale For Unpaid Taxes Without Inquiry Into Factual Averments

In this case, the Commonwealth Court was asked to weigh in on the procedures a trial court must follow before it can order the sale of a property for unpaid taxes. Specifically, the court found that trial courts must make an independent inquiry into the facts asserted in the municipality’s petition for sale, and cite in its opinion the record evidence it relied upon in concluding that the petition’s factual averments were true.

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SALDOs Without A Mandate Cannot Be Enforced By A Writ Of Mandamus

In this case out of Susquehanna County, the Commonwealth Court determined that where a subdivision and land development ordinance (SALDO) does not impose a mandate upon a municipality to enforce it, the municipality cannot be compelled to enforce the SALDO by a writ of mandamus.  The court also determined that where a lease does not convey a discrete portion of land to a lessee, it does not constitute subdivision that triggers approval under the SALDO.

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