In many areas of Pennsylvania, people live in homes where title to the property is not clear. Unclear title is especially prevalent in cities with older homes. Two examples are tenant-landlord relationships where the landlord disappeared or died and inheritance properties where the legal process was never completed.
Residents of a so-called “tangled title” property may face serious difficulties maintaining the property. Residents without clear title cannot obtain home improvement loans even when serious structural defects arise. If the property taxes fall behind, the local government will not offer owner-occupied payment plans to a person who does not have title. These properties often stagnant and become a blight on the surrounding neighborhood.
Pennsylvania has an existing abandoned property law known as “adverse possession” designed to settle title in unclear situations. The law is undergoing major revisions for residential properties starting June 2019. These changes will affect the rights of both property owners and residents of the properties.
Here are the upcoming requirements to bring a claim to re-title a property.(more…)