New bill prevents landlords from evicting short-term tenants without good cause

Pat Loeb
January 22, 2019 - 6:30 pm
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed a bill Tuesday that's intended to prevent landlords from evicting short-term tenants without a good cause. It gives current regulations the weight of law, but tenants say much more is needed.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed a bill Tuesday that's intended to prevent landlords from evicting short-term tenants without a good cause. It gives current regulations the weight of law, but tenants say much more is needed.

The new law requires landlords to give tenants written notice of eviction, including the cause, which could be not paying rent or not complying with the lease. It also includes causes such as the landlord wanting to make renovations or rent to a family member. 

It only applies to those with leases of less than one year. 

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Councilman Curtis Jones sponsored the bill to keep landlords from evicting people so they can raise rents as the city gentrifies. 

"We do not want to be other cities that have priced residents out of living," Jones said. 

Jones acknowledges that the bill got watered down in the compromise process of finding the votes for passage. 

Emily Auerbach of the tenants union calls it a first step. 

"We would like this legislation to expand to all renters in Philadelphia because all renters deserve these protections," Auerbach said.

She says the tenants union would also like to see more protections, such as legal counsel for tenants in Landlord-Tenant Court and even rent control.