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File #: 200304    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Bill Status: HELD IN COMMITTEE
File created: 5/1/2020 In control: Committee on Housing, Neighborhood Development and The Homeless
On agenda: Final action:
Title: Amending various sections of The Philadelphia Code to address matters related to the landlord and tenant relationship during the Coronavirus of 2019 pandemic and otherwise, including providing for relief to tenants who have been illegally locked out of their residences and making certain technical changes, all under certain terms and conditions.
Sponsors: Councilmember Gauthier, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Brooks, Councilmember Thomas, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Johnson
Indexes: LANDLORD AND TENANT
Attachments: 1. Bill No. 20030400.pdf
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Amending various sections of The Philadelphia Code to address matters related to the landlord and tenant relationship during the Coronavirus of 2019 pandemic and otherwise, including providing for relief to tenants who have been illegally locked out of their residences and making certain technical changes, all 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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? 9-804. Unfair Rental Practices.


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(13) Self-Help Eviction. For the purposes of enforcement of Philadelphia Code Chapter 9-1600 Prohibition Against Unlawful Eviction Practices, any action by a landlord, or an agent or any other person on behalf of a landlord, in violation of Section 9-1603 is considered an unfair rental practice under this section 9-804.

[(13)] (14) Any person aggrieved under the provisions of this Section may file a complaint with the Fair Housing Commission or may allege any violations in an initial pleading or, where appropriate, in a responsive pleading in a court of competent jurisdiction.

[(14)] (15) No provision of this Section can be waived or made subject to a contract between the parties depriving a tenant of the benefits of this Section.

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CHAPTER 9-1600. PROHIBITION AGAINST UNLAWFUL EVICTION PRACTICES

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? 9-1603. Unlawful Self-Help Eviction Actions Prohibited.

(1) No landlord or landlord's agent may engage in self-help eviction practices,
as defined in Section 9-1602 of this Chapter, under any circumstances, in the City of Philadelphia. The requisite, legal process for lawful eviction must consist of execution of a judgment of possession entered by a court of competent jurisdiction in accordance with State law. Lawful execution of judgment may be pe...

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