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.