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Berks County > Municipalities > Longswamp Township


New Ordinance Establishes
Standards for Rental Property
Permits and Inspection

On December 12, 2006, the Longswamp Township Board of Supervisors adopted  Ordinance #2006-239 which establishes standards for rental property permits and inspection criteria.  This ordinance will assist the Township in ensuring that an appropriate level of maintenance of rental properties is maintained and to ensure the safety of tenants of rental properties within the Township.

Rental permits will be required before any resident of the Township can rent to any other for occupancy.  No permit fee will be required of an owner or operator of a Rental Unit who is representing either a government agency or an organization operated exclusively for religious, charitable or educational purposes (non-profit agencies); all other rules and regulations included in the ordinance shall apply.

Permit fee shall be paid every three years by January 15.  An inspection shall be conducted pursuant to the criteria set forth in Ordiance No. 239.  A new permit and inspection will be  required every three years.  Permits must be maintained upon the premises, and multiple dwelling units must post the permit in a conspicuous place where it can be seen at all times.  Permits are not transferable in the event of a change in ownership of the premises.

Established by  Resolution No. 2007-11 a rental permit fee per residential dwelling unit applies:
Seventy-Five Dollars ($75.00) per dwelling unit for all units located on a single lot for up to two rental units; Fifty Dollars ($50.00) per rental unit for all units located on a single lot in instances where there are three or more rental units. 

Established by  Resolution No. 2009-6 rental permit fees and regulations for rental permit administration.

Rental unit registration forms are available at the Township office or may be printed from this web site: click on  Rental Unit Registration Form.  Fees may be mailed to Longswamp Township, 1112 State St, Mertztown PA 19539. Make check payable to: Longswamp Township.

Arrangements for inspection of the rental unit(s) must be made with codes officer, John Yoder, LTL Consultants, Ltd., 1-888-987-8886.

For additional information the ordinance and resolution are posted on this web site, visit the Township office to view the signed documents on file or call Township Codes Officer, John Yoder, 610/987-9290 or 1-888-987-8886.