Most Philadelphia homeowners take good care of their properties, but those who don’t inevitably drag down property values for all residents of the surrounding neighborhood – and that’s simply not fair. Unkempt lawns, out-of-control weeds, piles of trash, stacks of old tires in the yard – these eyesores have an adverse impact on surrounding properties.
As a City Councilman, I would work closely with the city’s Department of Licenses & Inspections to ramp up the enforcement of existing quality of life standards and increase the current level of fines against those who routinely violate those basic standards. I would also work to establish a mechanism – telephone hotline, dedicated website or a computer app – to allow city residents to anonymously report quality of life violations in their neighborhoods. In the same vein, the city needs to better track absentee landlords and enforce violations against them until they mitigate the issues with their empty homes and comply with basic quality of life standards of our community.