Joshua B. Horvitz

Representative Matters

  • Represents one of the largest residential real estate development companies in the City in a wide variety of matters, including real estate and business taxes, permitting and licensing issues, code violations, fair housing, taxation and land use matters.
  • Represents condominium associations regarding interpretation of condominium governing documents, enforcement and internal governance of the rules and regulations, amendments to condominium, elections, FHA/Fannie Mae, and many other issues affecting condominiums.
  • Manages one of the largest Tax Assessment Appeals practices in the region, including multifamily residential buildings, office buildings, and industrial properties, saving our clients from onerous and inaccurate real estate taxes.
  • Represents clients in the sale or purchase of real estate, and attend closings routinely on behalf of buyer, sellers and developers.
  • Represents neighborhood community organizations, developers, and adjacent property owners in zoning matters before local zoning boards, and before the PA Commonwealth Court.
  • Resolves tax delinquencies, discrepancies, default judgments, sequestrations, mechanics liens, lis pendens and tax sales.
  • Manages the condominium fee collection practice for dozens of medium and large condominium associations, collecting from condo owners who have not paid their common expense assessments. Developed an expertise in collection and execution practice, including foreclosure, lien priority, garnishment of bank accounts and personal property, sheriff’s sales and bankruptcy.
  • Defends code enforcement actions for alleged violations of local property maintenance code.
  • Obtained regulatory approval to fund the historical preservation of the Frankford Arsenal, a World War II-era ammunition factory with over 100 historical buildings, through creation of a mixed-use development plan within its walls which incorporated preservation of historical sites.
  • On behalf of a real estate developers, negotiated the critical terms of a development agreement with counsel for adjacent landowners, which allowed for the construction of two large multifamily apartment buildings in Center City Philadelphia.
  •  Appeared and argued before the Philadelphia Board of Revision of Taxes to successfully obtain a 100% tax exemption from Real Estate taxes for a local community organization’s soccer field and outdoor event space, allowing it to continue to serve the local community by providing access to facilities for youth athletics and for local non-profits to host fundraising events for local charities.
  • On behalf of a local condominium association, litigated and negotiated with the U.S. Department of Justice in order to obtain a favorable settlement in a housing discrimination matter regarding alleged service animals.
  • On behalf of a local daycare business, appeared before the Zoning Board of Adjustment, where Mr. Horvitz successfully obtained a zoning variance for expansion of the business to areas of the building previously zoned only for residential use.