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With a heavy heart I write about the passing of my friend and associate the late Darrell Zaslow. He was a deeply religious and moral man, and a firm believer in helping his fellow man.

Darrell was an integral part of HAPCO and its success.  He was articulate and passionate when setting forth HAPCO’s opinions on various matters relating to rental property.

Darrell grew up learning about HAPCO and the problems rental property owners encountered from his father, the late Harry Zaslow, and his two deceased uncles, Phil and  Percy Berk–who were three of HAPCO’s founders.

Darrell’s advice and counsel was invaluable to me during my three terms as President, as I’m sure it was for the current President Harvey Spear.  His opinion and thoughts where sought by various politicians and officials at the city and state level.

He will surely be missed by all. I am honored to have known him.
My deepest condolences to Darrell’s family.

Alav Ha-sholom.

Victor H. Pinckney, Sr.
1st Vice President
HAPCO

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Table of Contents

ADVANTAGES OF BEING A MEMBER OF HAPCO…………………………….. 5
MEMBERSHIP CODE OF ETHICS…………………………………………………… 7
OWNER RESPONSIBILITIES………………………………………………………… 8
THE LEASE AGREEMENT…………………………………………………………… 10
FAIR HOUSING & UNLAWFUL DISCRIMINATION……………………………… 11
LEAD PAINT REGULATIONS………………………………………………………. 13
SMOKE DETECTORS & CARBON MONOXIDE ALARMS……………………. 18
DISPOSITION OF TENANT’S ABANDONED PERSONAL PROPERTY………. 21
LICENSES……………………………………………………………………………… 23
CERTIFICATE OF RENTAL SUITABILITY………………………………………. 28
COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY LICENSE……………………………………………… 29
SAMPLE RENTAL APPLICATION…………………………………………………. 34
SECURITY DEPOSITS………………………………………………………………… 36
HAPCO MUNICIPAL COURT EVICTION APPLICATION……………………… 40
LEASE TERMINATION NOTICE…………………………………………………… 42
HAPCO FORUM……………………………………………………………………….. 44
POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (PAC)……………………………………….. 45
TENANT SCREENING SERVICES………………………………………………….. 46
PGW LANDLORD COOPERATION PROGRAM………………………………….. 44
PROPERTY MAINTENANCE CODE……………………………………………….. 48
HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM (“Section 8”)………………………..49
PHILADELPHIA CITY COUNCIL DIRECTORY………………………………….. 51
DISTRICT ATTORNEY NUISANCE PHONE NUMBERS………………………… 52
ACCESSING THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA and L & I WEBSITE…………….. 53
MULTI-TENANT DWELLINGS……………………………………………………… 54
PENNSYLVANIA RESIDENTIAL OWNER’S ASSOC. (PROA)………………….. 55
REAL ESTATE COALITION…………………………………………………………. 56

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