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In Act 167 PROA Sees Another Victory for Landlords Dealing with Abandoned Tenant Property

By Bradley S. Dornish, Esq.

Since the passage of Act 129 in the summer of 2012, landlords in Pennsylvania have had far more direction from PA law on how to handle personal property left behind by tenants who have vacated their rental units than was ever previously available. Our state organization, the Pennsylvania Residential Owners’ Association, (PROA) worked for many years to get that key piece of legislation drafted, through the legislative process, and to see Act 129 become law. Click here to read more »

Is Pennsylvania Ready to End (Most) Property Tax for Funding Public Schools?

By Bradley S. Dornish, Esquire

At the September PROA Board meeting, the hot topic of conversation was House Bill 76, a bill sponsored by over 60 state representatives, which if it became law would replace the bulk of Pennsylvania property taxes for support of schools with sales and income tax increases on the state level. The law would also allow school districts to supplement their share of tax money from the state with earned income and net profits or personal income taxes on residents of their respective districts. Click here to read more »

July PROA Board Member Message

Bradley S. Dornish, Esquire

As I write this message, I have just finished a three day convention of leaders of real estate investors’ groups from all over Pennsylvania and the rest of the country.   It occurs to me that it has been some time since I wrote to you about our state organization, the Pennsylvania Residential Owners’ Association, PROA for short, and the National Real Estate Investors’ Association, National REIA. Click here to read more »

Fall 2011 PROA Report

By Bradley S. Dornish, Esq.

The quarterly PROA board meeting was held on the first Thursday of September. Our lobbyists from Pugliese Associates in Harrisburg reported on the status of almost a hundred different bills of interest to landlords and real estate investors which bills are working their way through House and senate committees. The subjects of these bills range from property assessments, to amending the Landlord Tenant Act, to amendments to the Construction Code Act. Click here to read more »

PROA Board Meeting December 2009

By Bradley S. Dornish, Esq.

The Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Residential Owners’ Association met December 3, in Camp Hill, outside of Harrisburg. The Officers, Grant Nelson, President, Rita Dallago, Executive Director, Jean Yevick, Vice President, John Baldwin, Treasurer, and LuAnn Uhl, Secretary, were retained in their respective positions for 2010 by acclamation.

PROA’s professional lobbyists, Dan Clark and Joe Leighton of Pugliese Associates, presented their report on the status of over forty different bills working their various ways through the Pennsylvania Legislature. Among those bills, closest attention is being paid to SB 900, the Neighborhood Blight Reclamation and Revitalization Act, and HB 1445, the Carbon Monoxide Alarm Standards Act. However, with the State Budget incomplete almost halfway into the year, and indictments of additional legislators promised by the attorney general threatening to change the makeup of the legislature early in 2010, it is not likely that the House and Senate will push any significant bills through before the next session begins. So, the lack of bad news balances the lack of good news from Harrisburg.
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