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File #: 190386    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Bill Status: IN COUNCIL
File created: 5/9/2019 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action:
Title: Amending Chapter 9-800 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Landlord and Tenant," by adding a new Section 9-808, entitled "Legal Representation in Landlord Tenant Court," providing for access to free legal representation to the City of Philadelphia's low-income residents facing eviction in Landlord Tenant Court; under certain terms and conditions.
Sponsors: Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Greenlee, Council President Clarke, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Henon
Indexes: LANDLORD AND TENANT
Attachments: 1. Bill No. 19038600.pdf
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Amending Chapter 9-800 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Landlord and Tenant," by adding a new Section 9-808, entitled "Legal Representation in Landlord Tenant Court," providing for access to free legal representation to the City of Philadelphia's low-income residents facing eviction in Landlord Tenant Court; under certain terms and conditions.
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THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA HEREBY ORDAINS:

SECTION 1. Title 9 of The Philadelphia Code is hereby amended to read as follows:

TITLE 9. Regulation of Businesses, Trades and Professions

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CHAPTER 9-800. LANDLORD AND TENANT

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? 9-808. Legal Representation in Landlord Tenant Court.

(1) Definitions.

(a) Brief Legal Assistance. Individualized legal assistance provided in a single consultation by a designated organization to a covered individual in connection with a covered proceeding.

(b) Covered Individual. Any person who occupies a dwelling in the City of Philadelphia under a claim of legal right other than the owner, including any tenant in a building operated by the Philadelphia Housing Authority, whose annual gross income is not in excess of two-hundred percent (200%) of the federal poverty guidelines as established and updated periodically by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (42 U.S.C. 9902(2))

(c) Covered Proceeding. Any proceeding in a court of competent jurisdiction to evict, eject, or terminate the tenancy of a covered individual, or any appeal of such a proceeding.

(d) Designated Organization. A not-for-profit organization or association, or a for-profit legal services provider that provides pro bono legal representation, that has the capacity to provide legal services to income-eligible individuals facing eviction and is designated by the City pursuant to this Section.

(e) Designated Community Group. A not-for-profit community organization or association that has the capacity to conduct tenant outreach, eng...

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