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This research guide is provided by Jenkins Law Library to help with research regarding landlord tenant law in Pennsylvania and is not offered as legal advice. This guide is not a complete collection of law and commentary. There may be more laws or materials that are relevant to your issue than what is listed here, and further research may be required.

The links below will direct you to some free online resources regarding landlord tenant law in Pennsylvania. For information on where to find print and electronic resources on this topic at Jenkins Law Library, please see our Pennsylvania Real Estate & Landlord Tenant Law guide.

Landlord Tenant Issues and the Pandemic - Philadelphia

PhillyTenant.org Philadelphia Eviction Prevention Project
"Your Resource for Tenant Rights in Philadelphia." Addresses both private landlords and PHA. PhillyTenant.org is being regularly updated with information on any changes to housing and utility programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including protections under Philadelphia's Emergency Housing Protection Act. Also includes information on how to register for TURN's free, daily (except for major holidays) renters' rights workshops on Zoom.

The Philadelphia Eviction Prevention Project also runs the Philly Tenant Hotline: 267-443-2500. Call for free legal advice and possible representation for low-income tenants. Live housing counselors available between 9am - 7pm, Mon - Fri.  

Community Legal Services (CLS)
Provides free legal services to Philadelphia's low-income residents on a wide range of issues including housing, landlord-tenant, and utilities. See the full list of services on the Services page. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CLS staff are working remotely. Call (215) 981-3700 for legal help. See their Coronavirus Update page for more information.

Philadelphia Landlord/Tenant Legal Help Center

The Philadelphia Landlord/Tenant Legal Help Center offers free legal information, advice, and limited representation to unrepresented, low-income tenants of all ages who are facing eviction and other legal rental housing problems in Philadelphia. The Center is a collaborative effort coordinated by the SeniorLAW Center. 

Location: Philadelphia Municipal Court. The Widener Building, 1339 Chestnut St, Room 1009

Hours: Monday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. & Wendesday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Online - Philadelphia

Services - Housing Community Legal Services Philadelphia
Housing resources broken into topics, including mortgage issues, property taxes, and subsidized housing.

Housing City of Philadelphia
Links to Philadelphia housing-related departments, commissions, authorities, and more. See the Fair Housing Commission for information on unfair rental practices.

Information for Landlord Tenant Court: How to Start a Landlord-Tenant Case Philadelphia Municipal Court
Brochure (PDF format) with information on landlord-tenant proceedings in Philadelphia Municipal Court.

PhillyTenant.org Philadelphia Eviction Prevention Project
"Your Resource for Tenant Rights in Philadelphia" whether you're moving in, moving out, facing eviction, or need help with things like leases, utilities, rent, and more. Addresses both private landlords and PHA. Includes a Resource Library and information on where you can get legal help.

Property, Lots & Housing - Rent Your Property City of Philadelphia - Department of Licenses & Inspections
Documents outlining tenants' rights regarding safety and health standards in Philadelphia rental properties.

Tenant Union Representative Network (TURN)
TURN is a tenant service and advocacy organization that promotes the human right to housing. They offer Renters' Rights Workshops, Individual Counseling, Hotline Assistance, and Tenant Union Organizing Assistance.

Online - Pennsylvania

For The Public Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania
Scroll down for Landlord Tenant Complaint and select forms.

Overview of Landlord-Tenant Laws in Pennsylvania NOLO
According to Nolo: "Both landlords and tenants should be able to deal with many legal questions and problems without a lawyer, once they understand the basics of state law. This overview of key landlord-tenant laws in Pennsylvania will get you started."

Tenant Rights, Laws and Protections: Pennsylvania U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Links to Attorney General's Office, online handbook, legal assistance, and more.

Tenants Rights PALawHelp.org
This section of PALawHelp.org has information and resources about issues relating to Tenants Rights in Pennsylvania