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Glassport council to crack down on absentee landlords

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 3:41 a.m.

Glassport is looking to crack down on issues stemming from absentee landlords and their problematic properties.

Mayor Rosemary Bradley said during a council meeting Tuesday that the borough is planning a summit with landlords later this month to go over all of the ordinances and regulations to which they need to adhere.

She said representatives will attend from the Allegheny County Attorney General's office, the Allegheny County Housing Authority, the Department of Public Welfare and the Office of Children, Youth and Families, among others. The borough's building inspector and code enforcement officer are expected to participate, along with local police.

“We need to let everybody know what the rules and regulations are in Glassport and how important it is for these landlords to follow them,” Bradley said. “It's their responsibility to screen their tenants and do background checks because it's the landlords' responsibility to ensure their tenants are following the law.”

Bradley said absentee landlords have been a longstanding issue borough-wide and it's time they're held accountable for their actions or, in many cases, their inaction.

“Some of these landlords are located in other states and we don't even know if they have anybody locally to take care of issues that come up,” she said. “That has to change.”

Bradley said she'd like to see the summit take place either April 25 or April 26 — the same day as the borough's Great American Cleanup. The official date and time will be decided within the next few days.

Tim Karan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1970, or



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