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How do I get a Municipal Lien Letter?

There are a few required steps in selling your home that is located within the Borough. Some of the steps are typically performed by the seller while others are typically done by a third party such as a title company. All the steps are required before a municipal lien letter can be released by the Borough’s administrative office.

  1. Verify that the property is located within the Borough of Verona (and not just the ZIP code of Verona) The Borough of Verona covers approximately 0.5 square miles, but the ZIP code of Verona is large and covers areas of Penn Hills, Plum, and Verona itself. Please verify that the property for which you are requesting a lien letter is actually located in the Borough. Please do not rely on the property having a 15147 ZIP code.
  2. Complete a Request for Municipal Lien Letter application. Complete the application for the Municipal Lien letter and return it to the Borough building, located at 736 East Railroad Avenue, Verona, PA 15147. A check made payable to Borough of Verona in the amount of $35 should accompany the application. Please fill out the form in its entirety. Please note that a separate application and check is needed for each unit being sold. For example, a triplex would have three applications and three checks. The Borough will not follow up with applicants that do not include sufficient funds, improperly write the check and/or do not complete the form in its entirety.
  3.  Contact a licensed plumber to perform the dye test and complete the certification. The Borough does not maintain a list of preferred plumbers for performing the required sewer dye test. Any plumber who is licensed to operate in Allegheny County may perform the test. The plumber should complete the paperwork to certify that the property has passed the dye test. The completed form must be submitted to the Borough at 736 East Railroad Avenue, Verona, PA 15147.
  4. Complete an Application for Compliance Certificate. An inspection will need to be completed for each unit being sold. Complete the Application for Compliance Certificate to the Borough at 736 East Railroad Avenue, Verona, PA 15147. Include a check in the amount of $75 payable to BIU. Once the application and fee are received, the inspector will reach out to schedule the inspection. The inspector will not conduct inspections without the owner or an appointed person present. For reference, the following handout includes a list of common deficiencies.
  5. If applicable, submit the notarized Letter of Intent to Remedy. Sometimes a property will fail the inspection but the buyer is not intending to occupy the property immediately. In these instances, the Borough may accept a notarized Letter of Intent to Remedy. The inspector will discuss this potential option should the inspection fail.