Our actions impact the communities that we live in. Property maintenance issues and illegal activity cause property values to drop, the quality of our neighborhoods to decline and community morale to fade.
City Government agencies like L&I and CLIP have been fighting blight and property maintenance problems for years. But every year their budgets are slashed because this City is facing major budget problems even though the challenges facing our communities continue to grow. As a community we have to step up and help each other out. We have to work together.
That is why Bobby developed the Bad Neighbor Initiative. It is a comprehensive and focused effort to target bad neighbors and landlords and to bring them into compliance with basic community standards.
The Bad Neighbor Initiative
Shortly after implementing the Bad Neighbor Initiative, Bobby engaged in an aggressive education campaign to remind everyone in the 6th District that we need to be partners in the fight against blight and other quality of life issues. The goal was to educate our community about the law and to encourage offenders to comply.
Bobby identified the residents and owners of properties who have received multiple property maintenance code violation notices over the past three years and Bobby sent them gentle reminders that their actions impact all of us. Property maintenance issues like trash; over-grown weeds; high grass; and broken windows, cause property values to drop, neighborhoods to decline and community morale to fade.
Bobby took steps to identify the worst of the worst. These property owners have received violation after violation after violation and clearly show no interest in changing their ways. In fact, Bobby issued subpoenas for them to testify in front of City Council about their apparent disregard for the community that they live in and property they own.
Bobby is working hard to identify properties that he suspects are being used as illegal rentals. Philadelphia law requires that all rental properties have a valid rental license. Not only can the City fine unlicensed landlords, a landlord may not collect rent without being properly licensed.
He is also working with the police districts to identify properties that habitually require police intervention for drug activity, prostitution and other behaviors that seriously and negatively impact the quality and safety of our neighborhoods. Bobby will work with the City to use every resource available to put an end to these activities.
Do YOUR Part!
Bobby needs YOUR help. Please help Bobby in this fight by reporting property maintenance problems by calling 311 and illegal activity by calling 911. And, if you are a landlord or resident that needs help to comply with the law, be proactive and call the Department of Licenses and Inspections at 215-686-8686 or Bobby's office at 215-686-3444. You can also also report an issue on Bobby's website, here.
Bobby is eager to roll up his sleeves and tackle these issues. These quality of life issues impact all of us. Let’s work together to solve them.