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Homeowner Gets Results For Torn Down Property

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FOX 29 is getting results for a Philadelphia woman all torn up when the row house next door was torn down.

Property owners all over the city usually rejoice when the dilapidated property next to theirs is finally demolished, but a misunderstood Philadelphia Demolition Policy can make that smile disappear in a hurry.

When it happened to a Brewerytown woman, she reached out to our Bruce Gordon.

If you're traveled through Philly neighborhoods, you've seen the gaps that result when an abandoned, crumbling row house is torn down by the city.

You may also have noticed the outer walls of the remaining structures on either side are sealed and stuccoed to keep out the elements and make the job look complete.

Deidra Alert celebrated when the crumbling row home next to her North Hollywood Street property was torn down last summer. It was an investment and now maybe she'd be able to rent it out and make some money.

But her interior wall was now an exterior wall and it looked like Swiss cheese when the city's demolition contractor left the site.

Contractors told her water leaks and energy losses were guaranteed with a wall like that.

Deidra looked up and down the 1200 block of North Hollywood and saw several other walls left behind when demolition took place; they'd been stuccoed and sealed.

Deidra says numerous calls to L&I got her no further explanation. Only if the remaining home is occupied, does the shared wall get sealed. She was left with a completely unsealed wall.

Bruce Gordon called L&I, and it turns out that is their policy. Vacant homes next to demolished properties don't get their shared wall sealed, but he asked a few more questions.

It turns out; Deidra can go to the Municipal Services building and pick up a Rental License for 50 bucks a year.

It shows the city that she's making a good faith effort to get her home occupied.

Instead of paying a couple thousand dollars to get that outer wall sealed and stuccoed, Deidra spent $ 50.

The city hired a contractor to clean up the wall and the bill goes to the owner of the torn-down row house.

Deidra's place has now become easier to rent out. She's happy, and we're happy to help.

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