And attend the City Council hearing:
- Tuesday, October 29, 2019
- 10:00 AM
- Philadelphia City Hall
- Room 400: Committee on Law & Government
- Philadelphia, PA 19107
Tell council why Hapco supports mediation and education instead of city-funded lawyers for tenants facing eviction!
Philadelphia’s rental and investment property owners’ association sees financial guidance and education as key to helping avoid winding up in the city’s eviction court.
Hapco membersare knowledgeable, licensed, concerned members of the business community. They work with rental prospects to help tenants find appropriate units they can afford, before signing a lease.
Hapco president Harvey Spear says the majority of cases brought to Landlord-Tenant Court are due to tenants falling behind on their rent. By counseling and teaching tenants to maintain a realistic household budget, it helps prevent tenants from outstripping their income. And Spear notes, unnecessary actions in court can be avoided.
Spear also feels the proposed City Eviction Court Bill that provides legal financial aid to tenants should instead use those funds to educate and train tenants. This helps keep them from falling behind on rent. Rather than paying for eviction court attorneys when it’s too late, those funds can be used to help tenants make direct rent payments until they get caught up.
“By addressing the causes of unpaid rent up front, Hapco and their renters can work together to keep them in their apartments, instead of just evicting them,” Spear adds.
Hapco urges citizens concerned with this issue to tell City Council that avoiding eviction court allows rental property owners to spend scarce dollars on maintenance and renovations, instead of on court and legal fees.
Hapco board member Robert Levin points out, “When good landlords and good tenants partner in this way, it helps to preserve and expand low to moderate income housing in Philadelphia.”