DE HB187 | 2017-2018 | 149th General Assembly


Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 5-2)
Status: Passed on September 7 2017 - 100% progression
Action: 2017-09-07 - Signed by Governor
Text: Latest bill text (Engrossed) [HTML]


With the implementation of land banks in the State of Delaware, an increasing number of vacant and abandoned properties will be brought to sheriffs sales. Many of these parcels will be dilapidated and require investment to render the house habitable. Blight will only be ameliorated if the bidders upon such property acquire it intending to invest in the property, thereby improving the housing in the neighborhood and eliminating blight. If bidders at a tax lien sale have failed to pay taxes when due and have failed to maintain the condition of other real property they own in the same jurisdiction, it is not likely that they intend to invest in and improve the condition of additional property they acquire. Instead they are speculating on a turnaround in the neighborhood based upon the investment and efforts of others.

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An Act To Amend Titles 9 And 22 Of The Delaware Code Relating To Sheriff's Sales.


Roll Calls

2017-06-30 - Senate - Senate Third Reading (Y: 21 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2017-06-22 - House - House Third Reading (Y: 41 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]


2017-09-07 Signed by Governor
2017-06-30 Passed By Senate. Votes: 21 YES
2017-06-28 Reported Out of Committee (Judicial & Community Affairs) in Senate with 3 On Its Merits
2017-06-23 Assigned to Judicial & Community Affairs Committee in Senate
2017-06-22 Passed By House. Votes: 41 YES
2017-06-22 Amendment HA 2 to HB 187 - Passed In House by Voice Vote
2017-06-22 Amendment HA 1 to HB 187 - Passed In House by Voice Vote
2017-06-21 Amendment HA 2 to HB 187 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
2017-06-14 Reported Out of Committee (Housing & Community Affairs) in House with 8 On Its Merits
2017-06-13 Amendment HA 1 to HB 187 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
2017-05-18 Introduced and Assigned to Housing & Community Affairs Committee in House

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Bill Comments