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Landlord Tenant

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 CDC eviction protections, Philadelphia's Eviction Diversion Program and rental assistance program. 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. Includes help and information for low-income renters dealing with evictions, illegal lockouts, utility shut offs, building repair issues, complaints taken to the Philadelphia Fair Housing Commission landlord-tenant, and utilities (see Private Rental Housing). CLS also helps low-income tenants living in public or Subsidized Housing. 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.

Research Tip

See PEPP's Resource Library for articles, flyers, and laws about renting in Philadelphia, including the Philly Tenant Resource Guide.

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.

Fair Housing Commission City of Philadelphia
"The Fair Housing Commission (FHC) makes sure that renters have safe places to live and that landlords follow housing laws." Includes information on tentant protections and how to file a complaint about unfair rental practices or housing or property discrimination.   

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 City of Philadelphia
Information on "Permits, licenses, and taxes relating to property and housing, and homelessness resources."

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.