Research guides

Pennsylvania Real Estate & Landlord Tenant Law

Free Online Resources

The following resources are freely available online and include information on real estate in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia

Department of Records City of Philadelphia
The Document Recording Division includes the operations of the Philadelphia County Recorder of Deeds, the City's Tax Map Registry, and public reference to real estate documents and various other public records.

Housing City of Philadelphia
Links to Philadelphia housing-related departments, commissions, authorities, and more.

Real Property Section Philadelphia Bar Association
Information about real property issues in Philadelphia with links to Hot Topics, Legislative Updates, and a list of additional online Resources. Other county bar association websites may provide similar information.

Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program Philadelphia Courts
Homeowners must contact: Save Your Home Philly Hotline at 215-334-HOME (215-334-4663). Additional PDF materials related to foreclosure and sheriff's sales are available from the Philadelphia Courts Forms Center. For the pro se Petition to Postpone Sheriff's Sale - Mortgage and Petition to Postpone Sheriff's Sale - Tax, see "Court of Common Pleas - Trial Division Civil" > "Motions and Petitions Filing Forms". For the Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Pilot Program Materials, see "Court of Common Pleas - Trial Division Civil" > "Information, Guides and Publications".

Tenant Landlord City of Philadelphia - Department of Licenses & Inspections
Documents outlining tenants' rights regarding safety and health standards in Philadelphia rental properties.

Pennsylvania

Land Records Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission
"In 1981, the land records and the functions of the office were transferred to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Commonwealth land records only document transactions between the Penns or the post-revolutionary Commonwealth and the first purchaser(s) of each tract of land." Also includes information about County & Municipal Records.

Pennsylvania Association of Realtors
Includes housing market reports, standard forms, and more. Includes a Legal Resource Library with additional links organized by specialty. Some materials may only be available to PAR members.

Pennsylvania Land Records
Links to Recorder of Deeds records for certain counties in Pennsylvania, including Allegheny, Crawford, Fayette, Greene, Lycoming, Pike, Schulkyll, and Union counties. Records may be available for counties not included here. Check the particular county's Recorder of Deeds website for more information.

State Real Estate Commission Pennsylvania Department of State
The State Real Estate Commission grants and renews licenses, and administers and enforces the laws of the Commonwealth relating to real estate activities for which licensing is required.