Vacant less than one (1) year: $150
Vacant one year: $300
Vacant two years: $500
Vacant three to four years: $1,000
Vacant five to nine years: $2,500
Vacant ten years: $5,000
Payment and Mailing Info:
Payment and Registration Form can be brought or sent to:
ATTN: Vacant Property
318 2nd Avenue
Tarentum, PA 15084
Checks payable to: Tarentum Borough
Ordinance Details and Registration Process
The vacant property registration Ordinance applies to all abandoned and vacant structures within Tarentum Borough. A property is considered vacant if no person lawfully resides or conducts business there for more than sixty (60) days. If a property is deemed vacant, it must be registered within thirty (30) days. See Step 2 below.
Should your property become vacant, please fill the attached form. You must submit the registration form and registration fee to the Borough within thirty (30) days of the vacancy. If you do not reside within forty (40) miles from the Borough, you must designate a local agent who will be jointly responsible for satisfying the terms and conditions of this Ordinance.
You will be contacted by the Tarentum Borough code enforcement office to schedule a vacant property inspection. The inspection will determine whether the property meets the minimum requirements of all applicable property maintenance codes, building codes and fire prevention codes. Property owners will be given an opportunity to remedy any existing violations.
Property owners shall be responsible to keep the property free of overgrown vegetation, trash accumulation, and other property maintenance concerns. The property shall be adequately secured to prevent unauthorized trespass, vandalism or rodent infestation.
Each year, by July 15, the property owner or local agent must submit payment of the annual registration fee and schedule a property inspection.
Should your property satisfy certain conditions under the Ordinance, you may request a waiver of the registration fees. The following conditions of Section 3.3 must be met:
- All local municipal fees are paid in full; and,
- A good faith effort is shown to rent, sell, or lease the space; and,
- Pricing is consistent with other similar buildings; and,
- The building is in compliance with all Tarentum Borough codes and ordinances; and,
- The building is habitable.
Understanding the True Costs of Abandoned Properties | Aaron Klein | January 2017
On quantifying costs of vacant structures: “These costs may appear self evident at first – the reduction in property value for the building, for neighbors, for the community – but they are often broader than commonly appreciated: major costs stem from increased crime and arson generated from abandoned properties.”
Four effects of deteriorated properties: “1. Reduction in property value of surrounding homes 2. Increased crime 3. Increased probability of fire 4. Reduced tax base for local governments”
Even if action may not be immediately undertaken towards a visible remedy, your report helps the Borough in several key ways. The Borough can now monitor the property. The Borough can look into remediation options. The Borough can track development or progress at the property. Lastly, vacant properties must now be registered in the Borough so that we can take measures to prevent safety concerns, hazards and other issues from arising in these locations.