We are a non-profit corporation that represents rental property owners in the Borough of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Founded August 19th, 1998 by Grant E. Nelson III, our membership consists of owners of real estate within the greater West Chester area.

Our Goal...

"Through cooperation we can best address common concerns of the community to benefit our rental property owners and maximize quality of life throughout West Chester."

Since 1998...

… WCAHA and its state organization, PROA, have been working hard on behalf of its members. Following are examples of the issues we have tackled over the years. Through the influence of our membership, we have been able to play a major role in these legislative items benefiting all residential property owners. It is important that, as business owners, we keep abreast of all government issues that may affect us locally and statewide. We alert our members to these issues through emails and newsletters.

  • SHO (Student Housing Ordinance)
  • Wage Attachments for property damage
  • West Chester Borough’s Fair Rental Ordinance
  • Eviction Process
  • Landlord-Tenant Form
  • New Trash Regulations
  • Borough Inspection Fees
  • Height Issues
  • Recycle Education
  • Boro Information Form for Students
  • Sprinklers and Fire Extinguishers

Current Issues:

  • Lease Tax
  • Abandoned Property
  • Bed Bug Legislation
  • West Chester Borough Budget (to control and reduce expenses per ad hoc committee recommendations)
  • Town Center elimination of student housing
  • Finances in relation to the law suit filed by Pfiser and its impact to tax payers via sewer rates. (We foresee sewer rates to escalate by 25%! Currently sewer rates are scheduled to be raised by 9% in October, 2012 and likely another 9% by the New Year.)
  • The Borough’s “point system” where landlords are being held responsible for tenants’ behavior

Both locally and statewide (via PROA) we keep a keen eye on any legislation that affects our property owners’ business.

Board of Directors

Grant E. Nelson, III

President and Co-Founder of WCAHA
has been involved in West Chester Borough most of his life. For the past 35 years, he has managed owned real estate in several local condominiums and apartments. He handles accounting and financial affairs as well as meeting the daily needs of renters, students and members of the West Chester community. Grant is a member of The Knights of Columbus, The West Chester Rotary Club, a member of The Institute of Management Accountants, and Chairperson of The Pennsylvania Residential Owner's Association (PROA).

Hank Hiddleson

Henry J. Hiddleson, Director of WCAHA, has lived in the West Chester area most of his life. He has owned real estate in several local condominiums and apartments since 1982. He handles property maintenance issues for his rental properties through HNR Property Services. Hank is a member of Masonic Lodge of Downingtown, graduate of Goldey Beacom College (management and accounting), and a member of The Pennsylvania Residential Owner's Association (PROA)

Adam Bagelman

Adam Bagelman is the Broker/Owner of Bagelman Realty on Chestnut Street in West Chester. Growing up in Havertown, Adam started planting his roots upon attending WCU. THe 2006 Graduate immediately dived into the Real Estate world in 2007 and has been growing his portfolio and business since. Starting out with Century 21 Alliance, it wasn't long until Adam opened his own brokerage. Adam brings years of expertise in the multi family housing industry, as well as strong experience and knowledge of buying and selling West Chester real Estate.

John O'Connell

Director of First Resource Bank, Managing Partner of West Chester Off Campus Housing LLC Mr. O'Connell's career has taken him to The Nestle Company in various roles in the product sales group, Burger King Corporation as Director of Marketing in the Mid-Atlantic Region, Girard Bank as Director of Sales/Promotion, and Vice President of Sales for both Carlton Importing Company and Labatt's USA. He presently serves as managing Partner of West Chester Off Campus Housing LLC, an owner and manager of student rental properties in the West Chester Area. Mr. O'Connell graduated from ST. Joseph's University with a BS in Business Administration. he holds a MBA from Pace University and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.

Pete Seelaus

Vice President Education
Pete specializes in advising business owners and their families on insurance and financial services matters and has done so for more than 20 years. He has an extensive background in the complicated world of corporate benefits and retirements plans. His experience encompasses all aspects of employee benefits including plan analysis, plan design, and implementation. Pete has developed a particular expertise in the 401(k) and Qualified Retirement Plan arena and is a member of the 401(K) Coach network of advisors. His practice specializes in providing the most prudent solutions and then servicing those retirement and employee benefit plans, ultimately building lasting relationships between business owners and their employees. Pete grew up in Delaware County as a member of a large family.

Jeremy Pilkerton

Vice President Member Retention
Jeremy Pilkerton has been in the Borough since 2006 and is Broker/Owner of PGM Real Estate and Property Management. His company currently owns and/or manages 100's of properties throughout the Borough and Chester County. In addition to his role with PGM Real Estate, Mr. Pilkerton is an owner of Absolute Repairs and Remodeling which specializes in the maintenance and repair of rental and investment properties throughout the area. This experience has allowed Mr. Pilkerton to gain a level of expertise and understanding of local codes to ensure Property Owners and Clients are up to code with their properties. Mr. Pilkerton is a Graduate of Millersville University and Purdue University.

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