Tenants spared from illegal eviction in West Philadelphia apartments

Pat Loeb
April 27, 2018 - 5:51 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Two tenants living in West Philadelphia apartment buildings have been spared from eviction after a judge ordered the landlord to keep the buildings open and operating. 

SBG Management Services sent certified letters to tenants of Dorsett Court and Admiral Court at 48th and Locust streets in mid-April, informing them that the city ordered utilities to be turned off and doors locked on April 30.

"The city had not order them to evict these tenants," said Thu Tran, a lawyer with Community Legal Services who helped the tenants file an emergency injunction request. 

She said the city cited the buildings for poor conditions, but that SBG had no grounds to evict tenants.

"Tenants were in a panic that on Monday, they would be homeless," Tran continued. "A lot of tenants don't have options. The places that are affordable are far away or they're unaffordable."

She explained that if SBG wants to close the buildings, it has to go through legal eviction procedures, which would give the tenants enough time to relocate.