Act 135 was enacted to provide community members a voice in removing truly blighted properties from their communities. The Act is not intended to remove properties from owners who reside in the property and is only applicable to properties that constitute a hazard or public nuisance to neighboring properties.
An Act 135 petition is a legal filing, and if you receive notice that a petition has been filed, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. If an Act 135 has been filed on your property, the petition will detail conditions of blight identified in bringing the suit. An attorney will address these issues and defend you against the petition.
Don't delay! You should contact a reputable, local attorney in order to address the concerns raised by the Act 135 petition. If you cannot afford an attorney, contact an agency such as Community Legal Services of Philadelphia.
There are many studies on the effects of blight. See below for some of the resources we use in our thinking about it.
Alan Mallach - The Empty House Next Door (pdf)Download
Temple University - Blight Free Philadelphia (pdf)Download
Reclaiming Abandoned PA (pdf)Download
Shift Impact Report (pdf)Download
Journal of Affordable Housing 2016 (pdf)Download
Using Data and Mapping to Identify Public and Private Investment Opportunities in Cities - TRF (pdf)Download
Assessing Blight and Economic Impacts Case Study (pdf)Download
Econsult - Charting the Multiple Meanings of Blight (pdf)Download
Philadelphia Councilmanic Report with disclaimer (pdf)Download
Baltimore Vacant to Value Report Final (pdf)Download
A Tool for Targeted Neighborhood Revitalization - Journal of Law & Public Policy (pdf)Download