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Rental Properties

Regulations for Rental Properties in Longswamp Township

On December 12, 2006, the Longswamp Township Board of Supervisors adopted Ordinance #2006-239 which establishes standards for rental property permits and inspection criteria. This ordinance will assist the Township in ensuring that an appropriate level of maintenance of rental properties is maintained and to ensure the safety of tenants of rental properties within the Township.

Rental permits will be required before any resident of the Township can rent to any other for occupancy, and must be completed within the first 3 months of the year. No permit fee will be required of an owner or operator of a Rental Unit who is representing either a government agency or an organization operated exclusively for religious, charitable or educational purposes (non-profit agencies); all other rules and regulations included in the ordinance shall apply.

Permit fee shall be paid every three years by. An inspection shall be conducted pursuant to the criteria set forth in Ordinance No. 239 & Ordinance No. 299 which adopted the 2018 International Property Maintenance Code. A new permit and inspection will be  required every three years. Permits must be maintained upon the premises, and multiple dwelling units must post the permit in a conspicuous place where it can be seen at all times. Permits are not transferable in the event of a change in ownership of the premises.

Established by Resolution 2021-06, which established the Township Comprehensive Fee Schedule, a rental registration fee per residential dwelling unit applies:

One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) for first dwelling unit located on a single lot; Fifty Dollars ($50.00) per rental unit for all units located on a single lot in instances where there are two or more rental units. 

Rental unit registration forms are available at the Township office or may be printed from this website by clicking here. Fees may be mailed to Longswamp Township, 1112 State St, Mertztown PA 19539. Please make check payable to Longswamp Township.

Arrangements for inspection of the rental unit(s) must be made with LTL Consultants at (610)-987-9290.

For additional information regarding the ordinances and resolutions posted on this website, visit the Township office to view the signed documents on file or call the Township Zoning Officer, Ryan Wessner, at (484)-697-8628.