Pielli bill to help seniors stay in their homes passes House

HARRISBURG, March 19 – State Rep. Chris Pielli, D-Chester, is proud to announce that his legislation to help seniors stay in their homes has passed the state House of Representatives.

House Bill 1646 would create an option for older adults and incapacitated individuals to designate an individual to receive notice when property taxes are delinquent, and the property is at risk for a sheriff sale.

“As a former Court Appointed Guardianship Attorney, I saw clients who lost their homes as a result of unpaid property taxes,” Pielli said. “Too often, these were individuals with cognitive impairment or those who were otherwise incapacitated and could not pay tax bills without assistance. Tragically, these same individuals sometimes had the financial means but were so impaired they were unable to keep up with payments. It is simply unfair to leave these people to try and pay these bills alone. My bill lessens the headaches when it comes to property tax payments for those who are aging and may be suffering from any number of conditions that hinders their ability to regularly pay bills.”

H.B. 1646 now heads to the state Senate for consideration.