North Philly community members protest renting practices

Justin Udo
May 16, 2019 - 4:00 am
North Philadelphia community members took to the streets to protest a number of injustices done by realty groups and renters in their neighborhood.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Residents in North Philadelphia unite to protest renting practices.

Munira Edens has moved five times in the last five years, and the North Philadelphia resident is tired of dealing with "deplorable living conditions."

"I've had slum lords. I've moved in houses and I had to move out right away. I've had houses that I've moved in, and it looked like a pretty OK house, and then when it rained, it rained on the walls," Edens said. 

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On Wednesday night, Edens and a number of other North Philadelphia community members took to the streets to protest, what she calls, a number of injustices done by realty groups and renters in their neighborhood.

"We want to address the rent crisis, not just an eviction crisis. Our rents are high," she said. 

She says new building owners are evicting long-term residents and even keeping some in dangerous conditions.

"We're not asking for anything abnormal," Edens added.  

Edens says they're happy the city recently passed the "good cause" eviction bill, but they would like to see elected officials do more.