Philadelphia Eviction Lawyer
The most important consideration in any eviction proceeding is time. Usually in most landlord-tenant cases, the question is not whether a landlord is going to win against a defaulting tenant, the question is how long before the tenant is evicted from the property by sheriff. At the Law Office of Mark D. Copoulos, we have processed thousands of Philadelphia evictions, and have streamlined the process.
Most evictions take between five and eight weeks to process from hiring the attorney to getting the sheriff to the property. A property owner who is handling an eviction themselves without prior experience, will waste weeks or even months, because they may not utilize technical shortcuts to expedite the process. A landlord / property manager acting pro se will also likely waste hours of their time filing motions in court that can be filed from the comfort of an attorney’s office.
The eviction process essentially comes down to filing a complaint in Philadelphia Landlord and Tenant Court, appearing at the court date, winning before the judge or making a deal, and scheduling a lockout with the Landlord and Tenant Officer. The defaulting tenant will likely attempt to thwart your progress in any manner possible, including but not limited to, contacting Licenses and Inspections, delaying their appearance in court, and/or filing for continuances. Do not let these tactics slow down your case. Hire an experienced Philadelphia Landlord and Tenant lawyer to expeditiously handle the matter.
Evictions can be an emotional and uncomfortable process for most landlords and tenants. There is someone in your house or property, who has defaulted on their obligations to pay rent. The tenant may have nowhere to go but the street. The Philadelphia courts are cognizant of this and tend to be sympathetic to delinquent tenants. For this reason, it may make sense to waive back rent and focus on obtaining possession of the property. Even if a money judgment is obtained, many delinquent tenants have no assets or credit, and accordingly obtaining payment on the judgment is close to impossible. Best to get possession of your property quickly and efficiently, and move on. Obviously in commercial leases or situations where tenants have assets, it make sense to seek a judgment for the maximum amount allowable under state law.
When you’re dealing with a tenant who does not respect law and order or any sense of fairness, you must hire an attorney who will aggressively and proactively represent you. Our office regularly handles evictions of tenants, often for landlords residing outside of the state of Pennsylvania. We take care of every element of the time consuming process of an eviction. From notice to lockout, we do not rest until a sheriff or landlord/tenant officer has removed the tenant from the property and restored order.