Philadelphia Gas Works Bills Are Municipal Liens
Jerry was a landlord with several rental properties that he decided to sell. After agreeing to sell a property in Philadelphia, Jerry discovered that the gas company, PGW, had put a lien against the property for unpaid gas service from a tenant who moved out in 2007. The amount owed was $6,400! To say that Jerry was upset, is putting it mildly, particularly, since he could have avoided paying this lien by signing up in advance for the Landlord Cooperation Program.
PGW Offers Landlords Protection From Liens
Landlords who enroll in the PGW Landlord Cooperation Program avoid possible lien placement against their properties due to non-payment on the part of tenants. According to Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW), a surprising number of landlords have not taken advantage of the Landlord Cooperation Program. Many have not enrolled at all. Others have enrolled as the landlord, but failed to enroll their properties.
Landlords Must Enroll Themselves and Each of Their Properties
In order to avoid lien placement each landlord (name) must create a LCP account AND register all of their properties by Jan. 2, 2012.
Unregistered properties will be subject to gas liens for gas usage incurred at the property after Aug. 9, 2006. or date of sale if the property was purchased after that date.
Landlords can go to the PGW Landlord Cooperation site to register. To get started you will need your rental license number. Once you register as a landlord, you will need to enroll each property. If you need help, contact the LCP Administrators, firstname.lastname@example.org.
If a property management company takes care of your properties, check to be certain that you and your properties are all enrolled.
Why is PGW offering this program?
I recently asked a PGW representative that question. Their response was that they are willing to give up some potential payments of older, delinquent gas bills in exchange for getting better cooperation from landlords and tenants to get current bills paid or service terminated. So, sign up today, and remind other landlords you know that the deadline is rapidly approaching.
Thanks for reading, Kathleen Sheridan, Realtor®,
WEICHERT, REALTORS® – McCarthy Associates, 6901 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19119.
If you are thinking of buying or selling an investment property in Philadelphia, contact Kathleen or call (215)843-1414 ext. 230