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07/20/2024 06:01 AM
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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: February 7, 2023 09:22 AM
From: Representative Donna Bullock
To: All House members
Subject: Tangled Titles
 
An unclear title or a "tangled title" to a property usually occurs when the owner of the property passes away, but the next generation or subsequent generations of the family continue to live at the property without updating the appropriate paperwork. The title to the property remains in the deceased relative’s name, creating numerous obstacles, like not being able to sell the property, which prevents future generations from accumulating wealth. In addition, the families cannot apply for governmental grants or other governmental programs because of the unclear title. Pew Charitable Trusts estimates that there are over 10,000 such properties in Philadelphia alone. We as the General Assembly need to create more opportunities for Pennsylvanians to acquire wealth and allow them to keep property that rightfully belongs to their families.

My bill will allow families across the state to make the necessary changes to update the titles to their family homes. It will allow courthouse officials to work with family members to remedy these problems through the creation of a Small Estate Primary Residence Affidavit. Through this affidavit, the titles for primary residences under $150,000 can be brought current.

Please join me in protecting Pennsylvanians’ property and providing a manageable solution to solve this unique problem by co-sponsoring this bill.



Introduced as HB654