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Just not right!

Municipalities in and around Philadelphia trying to flout the law.

A disturbing trend is emerging around U&O inspections
A trend is emerging among some municipal code inspectors in the Philadelphia suburbs — they're asking home buyers to sign away their rights. Per state law, buyers have at least 12 months to make repairs cited in a use-and-occupancy inspection. But Downingtown Borough, for example, has a “U&O Waiver Form” on its website in which buyers agree that, "I will make all repairs [within] 30 days of the closing of the sale.” These 30-day affidavits are popping up in municipalities across the region. Considering the power these municipalities hold and what's at stake — a new home — buyers and agents may be inclined to sign the form to keep transactions on track. But the bottom line is that these towns and boroughs cannot force the buyers to sign, and they cannot withhold a U&O certificate as leverage. The Alliance has been addressing these situations on a case-by-case basis while working toward setting a legal precedent that would force these municipalities to obey the spirit of the law, not just the letter. If your clients are being asked to sign such an affidavit, please contact the Suburban Realtors® Alliance.

Another reason why when buying a Main Line home you need an experienced buyers agent to represent you in the transaction who knows the law and what the municiplaities responsibilities are under the law. If you want an experienced Main Line and Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor to represent you contact Nick Vandekar, Long & Foster Real Estate Inc, office 610-225-7400, cell or text 610-203-4543, email



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Comment balloon 10 commentsNick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 • June 28 2019 12:38PM


That seems extreme. I'm sure there are many problems that can't be fixed within 30 days.

Posted by Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417, Real Service. Real Results. Real Estate (United Real Estate) 3 months ago


This is great information for the buyers and sellers you deal with..  Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 3 months ago

That is not right at all, it is sad that we have rights until the powers that be decide that we no longer have that right.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 3 months ago

Hello Nick - it's this kind of information that matters in local real estate. You obviously know/understand the nuances of real life along the Main Line and know what's important. 

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 3 months ago

Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417 we fought hard to stop these municipalities from holding up settlements for work needing to be done, and now they are trying to circumvent it.

Ron and Alexandra Seigel it is important to know, as the code officers throw their weight about and demand things which are not allowed under the law.

Brian England you need an agent who knows and understands what the law says and allows.

Michael Jacobs I served on the board of our political affairs organization when we got this law passed, now the municipalities are trying to get around it. No way.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 3 months ago

HI Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - All real estate is local. Your clients need you because you can help them with all the rules and regulations that abound in your area.  

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 3 months ago

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - Talk about outreach! Yikes! I would not want to be in your shoes trying to tangle with the municipalities. I hope your Real Estate Association and Board can find a solution to untangle what could be a very messy and lengthy legal hornet's nest!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 3 months ago

Wow Nick,  I am not sure how right that can be.  I hope NAR gets involve with this and fights this.


Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 3 months ago

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® , Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP , Will Hamm we are already filing a legal fight against a municipality with a consumer who is complaining that the inspection officer caused them to lose money due to their refisal to obey the law. I know we are keeping an eye on this new scheme they are using to try and circumvent the law.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 3 months ago

I have attorney's in my office fighting and addressing some of these issues -  we have been fighting this for years. It has actually been getting better Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543  they actually were stopping closing for address numbers not being the proper height - Think we are making progress in this area in the last few years 

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 3 months ago

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