Ambler’s Borough Council to consider whether to advertise proposed ordinance that would require six inspections prior to the sale of residential property

On the June 6th agenda for Ambler’s Borough Council is an item involving a proposed ordinance that would create an inspection program for residential properties being sold. You can view the proposed ordinance here.

According to the text of the ordinance, it was created in the “interests of public safety.” If adopted, the ordinance would require six inspections upon the “closing and the execution of a deed conveying ownership” of a residential property. The inspections are as follows:

  • Sewer laterals;
  • Electrical certification;
  • Curb, sidewalks, and alleys, when the home includes such improvements;
  • Backflow Prevention
  • Exterior Property Maintenance
  • House Numbers

All of these inspections are detailed in the text of the proposed ordinance. But for example, in regards to curbs, sidewalks, and alleys, when there is going to be a sale of a residential property, it is required that the borough inspect these items, and mark areas that need repair. These repairs must be completed before the sale is finalized.

During the June 6th meeting, the decision before the council is whether to advertise the proposed ordinance. Once advertised for two weeks, the council can then vote on whether to adopt it.