Ejectment in Philadelphia

What is an Ejectment? In Philadelphia, there are two methods to remove an unwanted individual from your property: eviction and ejectment. Evictions are applicable where there is a landlord-tenant relationship between owner and occupant. For example, if the occupant has paid rent or signed a lease with you then you must file an eviction. Ejectments […]

Ten Steps to Evict a Tenant Fast

In this blog I will discuss ten steps to increase the likelihood of success in filing an eviction in Philadelphia, PA. Step 1: Execute a Strong Lease In Pennsylvania, landlord-tenant matters are governed by contract law. The lease is the written contract that governs the landlord-tenant relationship. Therefore, if you are a landlord it is […]

Motion to Complete Terms of Sheriff Sale

If you were the winning bidder at a Philadelphia Sheriff Sale but did not pay the balance due within thirty (30) days of sale, you may still be able to purchase the property. Pursuant to Pa. R.C.P. 2327 you may intervene and file a motion to complete terms of sheriff sale. Before the motion to […]

Petition to Set Aside Sheriff Sale (Pa.R.C.P. 3132)

In Philadelphia, owners of real estate have a legal obligation to pay taxes. If those taxes are not paid the City will enter a judgment against the property owner. If the judgments are not paid the City will eventually file a lawsuit with the court to sell your property to cover the costs of the […]

Defending Philadelphia Lead Paint Law (Section 6-800)

Phila. Code Section 6-800 (“PLDCL”) has become an increased source of litigation in recent years. Many tenants will sue landlords under the ordinance for violation of the Code. The law requires landlords to certify that Targeted Housing is “lead safe.” Targeted Housing is property built before 1978 that is rented to a Tenant with children aged […]

Breaking a Lease (Pugh v. Holmes, 486 Pa. 272)

Is the Property Habitable? There are many things to consider in breaking a lease. In Philadelphia, PA every landlord has a legal obligation to provide fit and habitable property to the Tenant. See Pugh v. Holmes, 486 Pa. 272 (1979). For example, if the property you are living in requires serious repairs you may be […]

Philadelphia Code Section 6-800 (Lead Disclosure Law)

Many landlords are unclear on when they are obligated to test their properties for lead. In Philadelphia, a landlord must test the property for lead where; 1.) The property is built before 1978; 2.) Landlord is renting to Tenants with children aged 6 or under in the property. Under these circumstances the landlord is legally […]

Useful Forms for Civil and Criminal Cases

The Useful Forms blog provides you with information to help you with your case.  The different links provide information that may assist you in expeditiously resolving your matters.  The forms may be used in conjunction with a free consultation to maximize your visit to our firm. CIVIL FORMS Medical Release (HIPAA) Form Motor Vehicle Accident […]

Houston v. Analaris Homes, (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 […]

Philly Landlord-Tenant FAQs

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 […]