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Housing Quality in Philadelphia: Renters United Philadelphia’s Comments on Philadelphia’s Draft Assessment of Fair Housing

The City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) recently completed their Draft Assessment of Fair Housing for 2022. On July 29, members of Renters United Philadelphia (RUP) submitted comments, drawing on their experience as working class renters in Philadelphia. RUP members specifically focused on housing quality issues in their comments, namimg health and safety […]

How to Address Source of Income Discrimination: Our Comments on Philadelphia’s Draft Assessment of Fair Housing

The City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) recently completed their Draft Assessment of Fair Housing for 2022. On July 28, we submitted comments on this plan, which focused on a persistent barrier to safe and affordable housing: source of income discrimination. Our staff attorney Sari Bernstein recommends steps that the City and […]

Seniors fight back against a corporate landlord seeking to collect rent for dangerous, unlicensed housing

February 20, 2020 — Brith Sholom House, a 12-story apartment building on the 3900 block of Conshohocken Avenue, is home to 283 senior citizens, most of whom live on fixed incomes. For over a decade Brith Sholom House has lacked an updated fire suppression system that complies with the Philadelphia Code. And in the past […]

Low-income Philadelphia tenant wins a $22,400 judgment against ABC Capital, one of the city’s largest landlords

Low-income Philadelphia tenant wins a $22,400 default judgment against ABC Capital, one of the city’s largest landlords.

Low-income Philadelphia couple forced to flee squalid conditions sues ABC Capital, one of the city’s largest landlords

Rosa Correa and Michael Hamilton, a low-income young couple forced to abandon their north Philadelphia home because of squalid and dangerous living conditions, are suing ABC Capital, one the city’s largest landlords, with the help of the Public Interest Law Center and pro bono lawyers from Ballard Spahr LLP.

Eviction is a cause of poverty: Our client lost his home and his livelihood

Our client, a DJ in Philadelphia, lost his home and livelihood in an illegal eviction.

Law Center Announces New Tactix Tenant Advocacy Project

The Law Center is proud to announce a new partnership, the Tactix Tenant Advocacy Project. This project will support our work defending tenants in municipal court and bringing affirmative cases against landlords and their agents when they break the law. Tactix Real Estate Advisors is the largest “tenant only” commercial brokerage firm in the Delaware […]

Philadelphia Families Assert Their Rights to Quality Housing in Court in Efforts to Benefit Hundreds more Low-income Tenants

Two low-income families are hoping to shine a light on abusive tenant practices by taking their property management company and landlord to court. Both families are represented by the Public Interest Law Center.

Law Center Supports Appeal to Supreme Court in MERSCORP Case

The Public Interest Law Center recently prepared an amicus brief in a Commonwealth Court case brought by several counties and county recorders of deeds to challenge the MERS system. This follows a case in 2011 in which the Montgomery County recorder of deeds filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of herself and all other Pennsylvania recorders of deeds against Mortgage Electronic Recording Systems, INC. and MERSCORP, Inc.

Petition for Allowance of Appeal is Granted in Second Case Against MERSCORP, Inc.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court granted allocatur in a case against MERSCORP, Inc.  The Law Center has filed three amicus briefs since becoming involved in litigation against the MERS system by local governments in Pennsylvania in 2011. MERSCORP, Inc. operates a system of mortgage record keeping that allows for financial transactions involving the transfers of mortgage ownership to […]