Mr. Kerr has represented developers, property managers and property owners of single and multi-family residential, senior housing, hotel, shopping center, commercial, industrial, golf course, day-care, prison, utility, cell tower and airport properties. He has successfully represented these clients in a variety of real estate matters and transactions. He has assisted clients in obtaining various land development, subdivision, zoning, and related approvals, and in a variety of sale and leasing transactions. Mr. Kerr also has extensive experience in successfully pursuing real estate tax assessment appeals, nonprofit real estate tax exemptions, Act 319 Agricultural Assessments, Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) Agreements, and real estate tax abatements.
Additionally, Mr. Kerr represents numerous Pennsylvania affordable housing developers, owners and managers in various aspects of the affordable housing development process, including properties financed with Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits. He has significant expertise in real estate tax assessment issues for affordable housing properties, and was part of the affordable housing industry group that successfully pursued an amendment to Pennsylvania’s assessment law as it affects affordable housing.
Mr. Kerr has represented property owners in a variety of eminent domain matters, as well as with easement, restrictive covenant, real estate title, green building, and storm water issues. He also has significant experience in the area of real estate valuation.
Mr. Kerr also serves as a Zoning Board Solicitor, and has experience as special zoning and development counsel to a number of southeastern Pennsylvania municipalities.
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“I have now worked with Bill Kerr at High Swartz on two affordable housing transactions, one in Philadelphia and one in Chester, PA. In both instances Bill worked on our land use approvals, zoning and tax abatement issues. I have found Bill to be extremely knowledgeable, organized and thorough in both transactions which saved us a lot of time and money. I absolutely plan on using Bill again as new projects arise and would recommend him to others as well.” – Bruce Morgan President, BCM Affordable Housing, Inc.
“I contacted High Swartz on a recommendation from another law firm to help with zoning planning board in the Cheltenham Township, PA. I needed a law firm with experience in managing the zoning relief for adding a unit to my apartment. Bill Kerr and Stephen Zaffuto from the firm helped me right from advising on my case to filing the case with the planning and zoning boards. Bill also helped me pick an experienced architect who was familiar with the board and the township building codes. They were very professional and kept me abreast with the agenda on every planning meeting. Stephen prepared the case and also represented my case strongly during the hearing which led to the board granting the zoning relief. I am really happy to have chosen the firm for my case. 5 stars for a job well done! – Varun P.