Conservatorship Handbook: How to Use Conservatorship to Address Blighted and Abandoned Property for Philadelphia’s Community Leaders

In 2008 Pennsylvania State Legislature passed Pennsylvania Act 135, commonly referred to as the Blighted and Abandoned Property Conservatorship Law, or simply, the Conservatorship Law. Conservatorship is designed to facilitate improvement, maintenance, and restoration of blighted and/or abandoned properties under the direction of a court-appointed “conservator.” Though title does not transfer, the conservator and appointed contractors are compensated for their management. The document above, prepared by the Housing Alliance of Philadelphia, is an exhaustive, user-friendly guide to navigating the law.

How to Navigate the Historical Review Process in Philadelphia

Prepared by the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, a brief guide for owners of properties already placed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places and how to accommodate regulations governed by the Philadelphia Historical Commission.

How to Nominate an Individual Building, Structure, Site or Object to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places

Prepared by the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, a step-by-step guide on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places nomination process. Preservation Alliance and partner agency Hidden City also hold workshops throughout the year to help guide you in this nomination process.

Philadelphia Rowhouse Manual: A Practical Guide for Homeowners

User-friendly and clearly illustrated guide intended for homeowners, jointly developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Office of Housing and Community Development, and the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. A brief history of Philadelphia rowhomes and useful tips on how to best maintain and restore your home are provided throughout.