Coronavirus Rent Protections

TO OUR VALUED CLIENTS AND FRIENDS Since March 16, 2020 the world has been upended by the coronavirus pandemic.  According to Philadelphia City Council 1.9 million Pennsylvanians have applied for unemployment assistance; 120,000 Philadelphians have applied for unemployment; there is a backlog of 5,000 eviction cases; and the city must cut approximately $649 million dollars […]

Philly Renters Rights

On October 26, 2011 Philadelphia City Council passed § 9-804 of the Philadelphia Code.  The Ordinance provides renters with certain rights in Philadelphia Landlord/Tenant Court to contest evictions.  It is important that landlords and tenants are aware of these rights as they are increasingly enforced by the Philadelphia courts.  The Philadelphia Property Maintenance Code, Pennsylvania […]

Mark D. Copoulos

Drafting a Notice to Vacate

WHAT ARE THE LEGAL REQUIREMENTS OF A NOTICE TO VACATE? In Pennsylvania a landlord must terminate a lease by providing the defendant a notice to vacate.  The notice must be delivered to the tenant.  The notice must state whether the tenant is being terminated for; 1.) breach of the lease; 2.) nonpayment of rent; or […]

Philadelphia Landlord/Tenant Lawyer


HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO FILE AN EJECTMENT Between four and seven months in most cases. In Philadelphia, PA an ejectment is a legal process to remove a squatter from property.  The time frame is four months to a year depending on whether the defendant takes action.  For example, if the squatter is well […]