Phila Court: Philadelphia Lead Disclosure Law (PLDCL) Does Not Cover Former Tenants

The Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas recently heard the case of Houston v. Analaris Homes, 161101449.  The case sheds light on topical issues surrounding the Philadelphia Lead Disclosure and Certification law (PLDCL).  Section 6-809 of the Philadelphia Code governs the PLDCL. Litigation arises with respect to the PLDCL’s obligations imposed on landlords.  Per the Law, any landlord […]

Philadelphia Landlord Tenant Law

FAQs About Landlord-Tenant Law   Q: What documents do I need to file an eviction? A: At a minimum, to file an eviction in Philadelphia, PA you will need a Housing Inspection License, Certificate of Rental Suitability, Partner for Good Housing Handbook, Notice to Vacate, and a written or verbal lease.  In some situations you may […]

Top Three Robbery Defenses

Robbery is a serious offense in Pennsylvania.  Individuals charged with the crime of robbery often face incarceration, unlike many defendants charged with non-violent offenses.  With so much at stake, it is critical you examine all defenses to a robbery charge.  This blog highlights some defenses that may be available to you if you have been […]

Do I Have to Talk to the Police?

SHOULD I TALK TO THE POLICE? Many individuals mistakenly assume that because the police engage them in conversation they must answer questions.  This is not true.  The Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution and Article 1, Section 8 of the Pennsylvania Constitution guarantees a right against self-incrimination.  Succinctly stated, this means you do not […]

What is a Preliminary Hearing?

WHAT IS A PRELIMINARY HEARING? A preliminary hearing is the first formal stage of a felony criminal matter in Pennsylvania.  After a defendant is arrested he appears before a bail commissioner.  The commissioner will set his bail and schedule a preliminary hearing.  If defendant has been charged with felony offenses he will be listed for […]

What is the ARD Program?

 WHAT IS ARD – ACCELERATED REHABILITATIVE DISPOSITION? ARD or Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition is a program for first-time criminal offenders in the state of Pennsylvania.  If successfully completed, the program results in a complete expungement of your criminal record. This means you should pass most state background checks following successful completion of the program. ARD is […]

Copoulos Wins PWID Case

Defendant, R.C., was charged with Possession With Intent to Deliver 35 § 780-113 §§ A30, Conspiracy 18 § 903, and Intentional Possession of a Controlled Substance 35 § 780-113 §§A16.  If convicted, R.C. faced a parole violation.  Faced with the possibility of imminent incarceration, R.C. contacted the Law Office of Mark D. Copoulos to fight […]

What is the Philadelphia Lead Paint Ordinance?

WHAT IS THE PHILADELPHIA LEAD PAINT ORDINANCE? The Philadelphia Lead Paint Disclosure Law (Chapter 6-800) requires landlords to certify that a property is “lead free” or “lead safe” before the property is rented to prospective tenants.  According to the Ordinance which is enforced in Philadelphia Civil Court, a Certified Lead Inspector must inspect housing targeted […]