Township of Upper Southampton, PA
Bucks County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervision of the Township of Upper Southampton 1-21-1986 as Ch. 5, Part 5, of the 1986 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Zoning — See Ch. 185.
The Board of Supervisors for and on behalf of this township hereby elects and adopts the provisions of the Act of Assembly of July 27, 1955 (P.L. 288), as amended.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See 21 P.S. § 611 et seq.
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any owner to sell his property, or any interest therein, unless the owner shall first deliver to the purchaser at or prior to the time for settlement a certification of the district classification, issued by the Township Zoning Officer or his appointee, indicating the zoning classification and the legality of the existing use of the property to be sold.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for an owner to sell his property, or any interest therein, unless the owner shall first deliver to the purchaser at or prior to the time for settlement a certificate issued by the Township Building Inspector, or his appointee, disclosing whether there exists any notice of an uncorrected violation of the housing, building, safety or fire ordinances.
A. 
Every owner shall insert in every agreement for the sale of property a provision showing the zoning classification of such property, and stating whether the present use of the property is in compliance with or in violation of zoning laws and ordinances, and every owner shall insert in every agreement for the sale of property a provision disclosing whether there exists any notice of an uncorrected violation of the housing, building, safety or fire ordinances.
B. 
If any owner fails to include any provision required by this chapter in an agreement for the sale of property, then in any action, at law or in equity, instituted by a purchaser against an owner, it shall be conclusively presumed that the owner at the time of the signing of such agreement, represented and warranted to the purchaser that such property was being used in compliance with the then existing zoning laws and ordinances, and that there was no uncorrected violation of the housing, building, safety or fire ordinances.
A certificate from the Zoning Officer or Board of Supervisors certifying that the property has been approved or designated as a nonconforming use shall be deemed compliance with this chapter.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
AGREEMENT OF SALE
Any agreement, or written instrument, which provides that title to any property shall thereafter be transferred from one owner to another owner, and shall include inter alia, written leases which contain options to purchase the leased property, and leases which provide that the lessee of the property shall acquire title thereto after the payment of a stipulated number of regular rent payments or after a stipulated period of time.
OWNER
Any person, copartnership, association, corporation or fiduciary having legal, or equitable title, or any interest in any real property. Whenever used in any clause, prescribing or imposing a penalty, the term owner, as applied to copartnerships and associations, shall mean the partners, or members thereof, and as applied to corporations, the officers thereof.
PROPERTY
Any building or structure situate in this township, except buildings or structures used, designed or intended to be used, exclusively, for single-family or two-family occupancy, churches or other places of religious worship, except that for the purpose of certification or statements regarding notices of housing, building, safety or fire violations, the word "property" shall include all buildings or structures.
[Amended 6-7-1988 by Ord. No. 256]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000, and/or to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days.