With a packed house, HAPCO landlords and other attendees gathered to learn about the state of Philadelphia for landlords and simply how to become a better landlords. Greeted by the faces of HAPCO President Harvey Spear and various city officials, they gained information about licensing and inspections, keeping their properties properly zoned, how and why to pay taxes in the city of Philadelphia, how to connect with other entities in order to gain money for development and renovation and why being a member of HAPCO is so important.

As a member of HAPCO, you will be able to engage your city officials and make a difference in your life and those around you in the city of Philadelphia. It is our mission to make sure that you have the best and most accessible information and resources around for your business and for your growth. With that, we are glad to connect with our officials to being you the resources listed below.

Need information on how to pay if you’re in a bind? They have plans for you!


Standard Tax Agreement


Water Department Resources


Philadelphia Gas Works Program For Landlords

Wondering how to get funding? We were introduced to the JumpStart Germantown Project. Soon to expand into different areas, this program helps people attain funding and understanding of how to invest in the Germantown, Mt. Airy, sections of Philadelphia. 



It’s that time again! Join us for the Lunch & Learn about the topic:
Construction, Development, Zoning & Building Permits Processing and Resolutions Made Simple

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Presented By: Alexis Miles, owner of Tax Abatement Today, LLC

Sponsor: Joseph V. Scorese, Firstrust Bank
Presented By: Tax Abatement Today, LLC – Alexis Miles – Owner
You will learn how Navigate the Building Permit Process, and discuss Service, Time, and Money in regards to get the process completed correctly.

Please RSVP (No Walk In’s) : Donna LePera | Director of Member Services, Greater Philadelphia Association of REALTORS®, 215-423-9381 | www.gpar.org

Are youToday’s housing market is tough! These days, there’s a huge cleft between the selling and buying side and really, the more favorable position may just be the selling side. Still, if you are in the market to purchase, how do you make sure that the seller is not taking advantage of the drought and over pricing? How can you be assured the best deal possible for you time, effort, and money?

Join us on August 17, 2016 for the Philly Riverwards Sub Group Meetup at Front Street Café 1253 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19122 from 6:30-8:30PM as our friend Anil Dham from Prosperity Group, LLC teaches us, from his investment experience, the best ways to increase your chances of acquiring a great first investment property! If you are looking for a fix and flip, something to hold, or a multi-family place in this competitive housing market, you need to be here!

Don’t lose out to another buyer, get the information you need to be a real estate success!

For more information, contact Joe Scorese 215-290-5108 jscorese@firstrust.com

We’ll see you there!


Philly Riverward Sub Group


Front Street Cafe

1253 N Front St, Philadelphia, Pa

Come learn about HAPCO and how we benefit landlords around the city! 

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In March 2006, the City of Philadelphia passed a law which requires Landlords to obtain a Certificate of Rental Suitability prior to renting their property.

You Cannot Rent or Evict Without the Certificate of Rental Suitability!

To obtain a Certificate go to www.phila.gov. Under licenses, permits & certificates, click on Rental Suitability or in the search bar type: Suitability and follow the instructions. You will need to have your rental license to apply for the certificate. The rental license number must be entered on the certificate. You will need to print two copies of the certificate, one for the tenant and one for the landlord.

Additionally, when you sign a new lease, you will need to print the city handbook called: Partners for Good Housekeeping. You must give the handbook to your tenant. Make a copy of the front page, have your tenant sign and file with your Lease and Rental Suitability Certificate. To print the Handbook:

Understand if you have rented after the above date and you have not obtained a Rental Suitability Certificate you MUST obtain the certificate at ONCE.

If you print a Certificate when you file an eviction, the Judge may not allow you to collect back rent. If your lease date was prior to the above date, you will still need to print the Rental Suitability Certificate to evict but the judge may allow back rent.

  1. If you sign a new lease you must obtain the Rental Suitability Certificate prior to the signing of the lease.
  2. If you signed a tenant after September 2006, get a Rental Suitability Certificate ASAP.
  3. If you leased prior to September 2006, it is not required, but it is suggested that you obtain
    a Rental Suitability Certificate now. You will still be required to submit a Certificate with your eviction paperwork.

By Jim Sims
HAPCO Board Member