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|Update: In December 2021, the This Doesn't Make Sense campaign and website were updated to focus on Upper Darby's proposal to increase it's realty transfer tax from 1% to 1.5%.|
Unlike other areas of the state and country, a number of townships and boroughs in Southeastern Pennsylvania require point-of-sale (POS) home inspections. These inspections, which vary in scope depending on which community you live in, can add thousands of dollars in expenses to a real estate transaction. Depending on the circumstances of the sale, these expenses can be forced on the home owner or home buyer.
At the municipal level, POS ordinances can require the modification, improvement or repair of some aspect of real property at the time of sale. These ordinances run the gamut between a simple check of house numbers and handrails on the exterior of a home, to a fullblown interior code inspection by municipal officials that can lead to thousands of dollars of required repairs and retrofits.
The heaviest concentration of POS ordinances is in Delaware County, where more than 90 percent of municipalities currently require some level of local government inspection as a condition of residential real estate resale. There are fewer POS ordinances in Bucks (55%); Montgomery (53%); and Chester (31.5%) counties.
MALVERN, PA: The Suburban REALTORS® Alliance (SRA) today launched a campaign titled “This Doesn’t Make Sense” to educate home owners and local elected officials about the adverse
impact municipal point-of-sale inspection requirements (POS) can have on real estate sales. The campaign, which includes a website, www.thisdoesntmakesense.org, will focus on informing home owners about municipal regulations that can affect the sale of their home, and elected municipal officials about the ineffective outcomes produced by POS inspection policies,
according to SRA President/CEO Jamie Ridge.
“These requirements are rare in most of Pennsylvania and the rest of the country, but they are now present in more than 130 municipalities in southeastern Pennsylvania,” Ridge said. “Most
home owners have no idea they exist, and are often surprised when their borough or township insists on inspecting their home as a condition of its sale. On the other side of this issue, most municipal elected officials aren’t aware of how ineffective these regulations are when it comes to improving safety standards in their communities.” Read the full press release.
Use and Occupancy Ordinances
List of municipalities with point of sale ordinances