Philadelphia Airbnb Rentals

Airbnb Rental Requirements

Do I Need a License to Rent an Airbnb? Answer:  Probably not.  An Airbnb rental is treated differently than standard property rentals in Philadelphia, PA.  Individuals renting property for less than ninety (90) days per year are subject to less stringent licensing requirements.  These properties are designated as “limited lodging activities.”  The Philadelphia City Planning Commission […]

Philadelphia Lead Paint Ordinance

Philadelphia Lead Disclosure Law

PHILADELPHIA LEAD DISCLOSURE LAW The Philadelphia Lead Paint Law requires landlords to certify their property is lead safe.  Under the lead paint law, the landlord must obtain a lead safe certificate where the Property is built before 1978 and a child six or under resides at the Property.  If the landlord does not comply with […]

Recording Telephone Calls

IS IT ILLEGAL TO RECORD A TELEPHONE CALL? A:  Yes.  Recording telephone calls in Pennsylvania without both parties consent is illegal.  Under the Pennsylvania Wiretapping Act, recording telephone calls without both parties consent is a felony offense punishable by up to seven years in prison.  However, it may not be illegal to listen in on […]

Certificate of Rental Suitability

WHAT IS THE CERTIFICATE OF RENTAL SUITABILITY? The Certificate of Rental Suitability is a document certifying compliance with the Philadelphia Property Maintenance Code.  Landlord’s must provide the Certificate to the Tenant’s at the inception of the tenancy.  The Certificate of Rental Suitability can be obtained here. Under PM-102.1 the Rental Suitability must be handed to […]

Drug Exchange

Not Guilty in Drug Sale Case

The Philadelphia criminal defense attorneys at Law Office of Mark D. Copoulos obtained yet another victory yesterday in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.  In Commonwealth v. T.C., Defendant was charged with Conspiracy, Possession with Intent to Deliver Cocaine, Possession With Intent to Deliver Heroin, and Intentional Possession of a Controlled Substance by a Person not […]

Attempted Murder Charges Dismissed

The Law Office of Mark Copoulos was successful in dismissing felony attempted murder charges.  Defendant was charged with firing a gun at an alleged victim in West Philadelphia. The alleged victim did not recognize the individual who shot him. The victim’s friend stated he could identify the perpetrator. Police ran a criminal background check of […]

The Eviction Process in Philadelphia, PA

Eviction Process Philadelphia

Eviction Process in Philadelphia Evictions in Philadelphia can be difficult and time-consuming.  The property owner must be totally compliant with the Philadelphia Property Maintenance Code to file an eviction. At a minimum, this means a landlord must have a Housing Inspection License, Certificate of Rental Suitability, and related documents to filed a complaint in Landlord-Tenant […]

Sheriff Sales

BUYING PROPERTY AT SHERIFF SALES Philadelphia sheriff sales present a great opportunity to buy property at a discount rate.  On the other hand, most properties purchased at a Philadelphia sheriff sale come with risks of squatters and related legal issues.  Therefore, an investor should tread carefully before purchasing at a Philadelphia sheriff sale. SHERIFF SALE […]