The purpose of The Conservatorship Handbook is to help community leaders make use of a new tool for restoring neglected properties to productive use and increase their potential to become valued assets in neighborhood real estate markets.
This tool, created by Pennsylvania Act 135 of 2008, authorizes the use of a new anti-blight strategy known as conservatorship. (Note: “Act 135” and “conservatorship” are used interchangeably throughout this handbook.) The concept of conservatorship is easy to understand: In response to a request from a petitioner, a judge may designate a conservator—a responsible private or nonprofit entity—to bring a blighted property into compliance with property maintenance and building codes. The process leading to a conservatorship action can be complicated, however, and, because the legislation is relatively new, not many examples of successful conservatorship actions exist. With those considerations in mind, the Handbook is designed to help community leaders gain a better understanding of the conservatorship process so that they can take full advantage of the powers available through Act 135. As community leaders become more knowledgeable about the use of conservatorship as a blight elimination strategy, we believe that this tool has the potential to become more widely used, producing beneficial outcomes for everyone concerned about eliminating blight and revitalizing communities.
To view or download the **PHILADELPHIA Edition** of the Conservatorship Handbook, CLICK HERE.
To view or download the **PITTSBURGH / ALLEGHENY COUNTY Edition** of the Conservatorship Handbook, CLICK HERE.
To view or download the **GENERAL Edition** of the Conservatorship Handbook, CLICK HERE.