Pittsburgh Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle plans to introduce legislation to hold banks responsible for maintaining homes they've foreclosed upon, a measure that he said will give the city a new tool to fight blight.
The bill would require creditors to register abandoned properties with the city. The creditor would be responsible for maintaining the exterior of the home, keeping the home up to code, cutting overgrown vegetation and keeping it clear of debris.
Banks that failed to register their abandoned properties would be penalized with a $100-a-day fee. The city also would levy a daily fine -- yet to be determined -- on banks that failed to maintain their properties.
Mr. Lavelle will introduce the bill at Tuesday's council meeting.
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