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

Tag: Due Process

Information Voluntarily Submitted to an Agency and Not Needed to Perform the Agency’s Duties Was Not a “Record” Under the RTKL

In this appeal from a determination of the Office of Open Records (OOR), the Commonwealth Court found that information voluntarily submitted to a Commonwealth agency and which was not needed by the agency to perform its duties, did not constitute a “record” under the RTKL.  As such, the requested information did not have to be disclosed.

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Court Holds Validity Challenge of Stormwater Ordinance Not Within Jurisdiction of ZHB

In the first of two cases relating to the subject property, the Commonwealth Court affirmed the decision of the Court of Common Pleas of Chester County affirming the London Grove Township Zoning Hearing Board’s (“ZHB”) denial of a variance to Delchester Developers (“Delchester”) to develop two adjoining properties.  The Court concluded that the ZHB had properly interpreted its zoning ordinance, that Delchester’s validity challenge of the Borough’s stormwater ordinance was not within the ZHB’s jurisdiction, and the Township’s “net out” provision was neither a violation of due process nor an illegal taking.

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Landlord Gets Burned by Gas Bills

A landlord learned an expensive lesson this week about the Municipal Claims and Tax Liens Act (“MCTLA”), when the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania found liens placed on the property by the City of Philadelphia were his responsibility. Property owner, Raymond Perfetti,  discovered liens had been placed on his properties after tenants who were responsible for their own gas bills vacated the property without paying the respective gas bills.  Perfetti argued that his due process was  violated by the City’s filing of liens against his property for the unpaid bills and claimed to have no notice of his tenants’ delinquencies, or of the four liens placed on the property,  only discovering them three years later.

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