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 […]

Eviction Process in Philadelphia, PA

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 Court.  While an eviction […]