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Municipal Suits (L&I-Water-Tax-Trash)

Civil and Criminal Litigation Attorneys

Our Objective is to Add Value to Your Interests and to Your Life Through Vigorous Advocacy

 
Introduction

Municipal Cases: Licensing and Inspection, Water (PWD), Tax (Business and Real Estate), and Trash Code Violations

The Website for the Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections can be found with this link: Phila. L&I

The Philadelphia Property Maintenance Code can be found with this link: PPM Code

 
 
License and Inspection Cases

Department of Licenses and Inspections and the Philadelphia Property Maintenance Code

The Website for the Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections can be found with this link: L&I Website

The Philadelphia Property Maintenance Code can be found with this link: PPM Code

Code enforcement involves L&I inspectors who regularly patrol Philadelphia commercial and residential property in search of code infractions. Essential to the work of L&I are the complaints and reports made every day by the occupants and neighbors of the property owners.

When this process works properly, notice is given to the owner, in the form of a warning or citation, the problem is addressed and the cost of the infraction is minimized. The moment you become aware of such a citation, visit the property and contact a lawyer immediately. Philadelphia's priority is generally seeing compliance rather than the assessment of fines.

 
 
Trash Code Violations

TRASH CODE VIOLATION CASES

This firm has had the privilege of representing hundreds of property owners who have been sued by Philadelphia due to alleged trash and property maintenance code violations. Though most property owners would have no reason to “trash” their own property, how do honest law abiding owners get cited for trash violations?

1. An owner’s illness, absence or death may be the reason a property is not maintained.
2. An owner’s tenants, visitors or trespassers may be to blame.
3. Trash and litter can be deposited on your property by wind, rain or other acts of nature.

The thing to remember is that trash cases are like any other civil action; the standard is preponderance of evidence and the burden of proof is on the Plaintiff, in this case the City. You have the right to testify as an eyewitness as to the condition of your property on the date in question. You have the right to present evidence to the fact that you were not to blame, that you regularly inspected your property and took quick remedial steps. We take these cases as seriously as you do and we look forward to discussing defense strategies with you.

SAMPLE TRASH CODE VIOLATION COMPLAINT

 
 
Water Department (PWD) Collection Cases

Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) Collections Cases

This firm has had the privilege of representing hundreds of property owners who have been sued by PWD. PWD will use several tools in collecting water bills: (1) a lien against the address, (2) a lawsuit against the customer, (3) the use of dunning or collection agencies, (4) an informal hearing at 1401 JFK Blvd., and (5) an adjudicatory hearing at 100 South Broad St. This firm can represent you in any case in any forum.

Some Questions:
1. Is your water on now or is it shut off?
2. Do YOU agree with the math used in PWD’s complaint?
3. Is the property in question your residence or is it an investment property? Payment plans exist for both groups.
4. Do you have more than one property address which PWD claims is delinquent? PWD will make a payment plan that covers your entire balance.
5. Can PWD prove it? PWD often bases their claim off estimations of what they “believe” you used. Make PWD prove every iota of their complaint.

Our firm fights for PWD customers every day. We have a commitment to providing you with efficient and vigorous representation. Our goal is to defeat unsubstantiated PWD claims and to restore your relationship with PWD where desired.

SAMPLE PWD Municipal Court Complaint