PGW to give landlords warning of impending liens

Posted: October 03, 2012

Philadelphia Gas Works announced Monday a new program to give commercial landlords 30-day warnings that the utility is going to slap liens on their properties because of deadbeat tenants.

The Commercial Lien Notification Program gives advance notice to a registered landlord if a rental property is at risk of getting a lien to recover unpaid tenant gas bills. The program applies only to commercial rental properties, such as restaurants, bars and grocery stores.

Landlord groups, including the Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors, had requested that PGW warn them about impending liens, said Barry O'Sullivan, PGW's spokesman.

"They wanted to do more to protect themselves from this unwanted acquisition of tenant debt," O'Sullivan said.

As a government-owned utility, PGW can impose liens for unpaid bills. A lien is a legal claim on a property.

PGW also has a program for owners of residential properties to avoid penalties because of tenants who have amassed arrearages.

For more information, including eligibility requirements, go to www.pgworks.com/cooperation.


Contact Andrew Maykuth at 215-854-2947, @Maykuth on Twitter or amaykuth@phillynews.com.

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