The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

November 13, 2012

Pittsburgh councilman wants to shame bad landlords


The Daily Item

— PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh City Councilman Bill Peduto wants to shame problem landlords by putting signs in front of the 10 worst-maintained properties in the city.

Peduto’s bill would empower city building inspectors to identify the worst properties based on housing court convictions and citations, though citizens could also nominate troubled properties for the list. Those properties would then get a sign listing the owner’s name, address and phone so neighbors could complain directly to the landlords.

Peduto says the city did the same thing in the mid-1990s and it worked on five blighted properties, but the idea was never carried forward and continued.

Peduto says the program is important because one blighted house can affect an entire street and “once we lose the street, we begin to lose the neighborhood.”