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Allentown, PA

Pa. takes on slumlord hide-and-seek

Joe owns a lot of properties in the city. When he passes the properties might go to his family which might not improve anything if they run the properties like he currently does. There are ways to deal with the substandard rental conditions, slumlords, and absentee landlord but the city fails to do anything. We have brought up numerous ideas such as using Act 90, implementing a good landlord program used in some cities, implement a rental relocation program, etc. However our city council and administration continue to sit back and do nothing.  (Thursday Jan 8 | post #7)

Allentown, PA

Pa. takes on slumlord hide-and-seek

All this does is close a loop hole in Act 90 for corporations. Doesn't do much for Allentown because Allentown doesn't even use Act 90.  (Sunday Dec 28 | post #3)

Allentown, PA

Allentown Housing Meeting

There is going to be a meeting regarding housing issues and sweep issues on October 1st at 5:30 PM at city hall in council chambers. Come out to this meeting if you feel the city is not doing enough when it comes to slumlords, absentee landlords, blight, litter, trash properties, illegal dumping, etc. This is your chance to speak up regarding housing issues in Allentown. We encourage renters and home owners to attend and speak up.  (Sep 19, 2014 | post #1)

Allentown, PA

14 security cameras added, replaced in Allentown

So the city has all these surveillance cameras throughout the city monitoring crime on our streets but my question is are these cameras being utilized to the fullest? I have heard multiple residents complain that incidents would occur where these cameras are and the police had no recording of it happening. I think the city needs to look into if these cameras have enough staff to monitor activity going on. One example is the 400 block of west Washington street where there is daily drug activity and vandalism. Is that camera being monitored enough?  (Sep 2, 2014 | post #2)

Allentown, PA

Allentown to discuss blighted properties Oct. 1

^Same here. I don't even bother reading his posts anymore cause I can't make sense of them.  (Aug 22, 2014 | post #4)

Allentown, PA

Allentown petition seeks stronger fight against blight, s...

I still do not know who or what you are talking about then again I don't understand anything your saying cause it making no sense.  (Aug 20, 2014 | post #8)

Allentown, PA

Allentown petition seeks stronger fight against blight, s...

I did not attend the walk with the mayor. I don't even know what the team triple J is.  (Aug 19, 2014 | post #4)

Allentown, PA

Allentown petition seeks stronger fight against blight, s...

https://www.change .org/p/allentown-c ity-council-have-a -monthly-public-me eting-regarding-ho using-related-issu es-such-as-rental- conditions-blight- slumlords-and-abse ntee-landlords-etc -2  (Aug 19, 2014 | post #1)

Allentown, PA

Petitioning Allentown City Council

Have a monthly public meeting regarding housing related issues such as rental conditions, blight, slumlords, and absentee landlords, etc. Having a monthly public meeting regarding housing related issues is important because it gives the public a chance to speak on various issues such as rental conditions, blight, slumlords, and absentee landlords. It will allow city council to better address the issues related to housing in the city. At city council meetings the issues brought up to council regarding housing falls through the cracks and having these monthly meetings will help council concentrate on the issues of the housing stock in the city. Housing related issues are important because it affects the quality of life for city residents. Tax revenue is lost having run down properties and slum properties cost the city and taxpayers more money with services such as police, fire, animal control, and code enforcement. We at the Allentown Tenant Association would like to see the city hold a monthly meeting to address housing related issues. https://www.change .org/petitions/all entown-city-counci l-have-a-monthly-p ublic-meeting-rega rding-housing-rela ted-issues-such-as -rental-conditions -blight-slumlords- and-absentee-landl ords-etc-2#  (Aug 17, 2014 | post #1)

Allentown, PA

Raid at Allentown apartment yields cocaine, $27,000 cash,...

Silly Rabbit you make no sense at all in your posts.  (Aug 15, 2014 | post #12)

Allentown, PA

Raid at Allentown apartment yields cocaine, $27,000 cash,...

Allentown PD needs to get more aggressive when it comes to drug and gang activity in the city. Also need to start cracking down on the slumlords and absentee landlords who rent to these criminals. Might be a good idea for Allentown to implement an ordinance that some other cities have that the landlord gets fined and their rental license gets revoked if there is a certain amount of criminal activity at their rentals. Responsible landlords try their hardest to not rent to criminals and slum tenants. Slumlords and absentee landlords don't care as long as they get their rent money. Another idea Allentown might want to look into is a good landlord program that Ogden City, Utah has and they say it is a success. Time for Allentown to crack down on these issues and say enough is enough.  (Aug 14, 2014 | post #9)

Allentown, PA

The destruction of Allentown and how it is bringing the L...

The issues mentioned in this post are not just Allentown issues. These issues are all over the country. While Allentown does have it's problems, there are cities worse then Allentown. Look at Philadelphia, Detroit, Chicago, and Reading. I am sure all of them have the issues mentioned. Allentown does need improvement which I believe we can accomplish however we need everyone who still cares about this city to stick together and speak up. One example is city council meetings only get a handful of residents each meeting and it's the same regulars who show up. Why aren't the people who complain at these meetings voicing their concerns? Another part that plays a role in how the city is run is our elected officials. Voting turn out has been low the past few elections. You should be trying to vote in people you feel will help make this city a better place to live and work. Rents are actually being raised in the downtown area of the city. Section 8 doesn't mean you get free rent. You pay a portion while HUD pays the rest depending on income. I agree the system has flaws and needs to be adjusted.  (Aug 14, 2014 | post #5)

Allentown, PA

Allentown City Council plans public meeting on blighted p...

Yeah the conversions were a big mistake by past city administrations in the 80s. They thought the more people who live in the city the more taxes they would get but it did the complete opposite. It lowered property values and allowed too many outsiders from NJ and NY to occupy the rentals. Allentown needs to get these conversions converted back to single family home owned properties. Code enforcement is way understaffed for the amount of rentals Allentown now has. The city is 52% rental. There are rentals going 10+ years without being inspected which is just unacceptable. We have the slumlords and absentee landlords who could careless about their properties as long as they are racking in the money.  (Aug 11, 2014 | post #10)

Allentown, PA

Allentown City Council plans public meeting on blighted p...

I doubt the mayor will be at the meeting.  (Aug 9, 2014 | post #6)

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