PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Metropolis council members heard testimony Monday that most of the hundreds of evictions in Philadelphia, annually, might be prevented if the tenants had legal professionals.
William Church is a sixty five-yr-previous former marine with critical well being issues and a landlord, he says, has ignored deplorable circumstances in his house.
“I’ve swept snow and ice from my bed room, lived with bugs and had squirrels within the ceiling,” Church testified.
Metropolis council members exploring what they name the town’s eviction “disaster” heard that these sorts of code violations typically precede an eviction.
Tenants, as Mr. Church did, cease paying lease, a treatment allowed by regulation, however then are sued in landlord-tenant courtroom, the place ninety two % of tenants haven’t any lawyer, however often face a landlord who does. Church is fortunate. The senior regulation middle helps him — however Councilwoman Helen Fitness center says eviction shouldn’t be left to luck.
“Eviction and the substandard housing circumstances confronted by tens of hundreds in our metropolis is a public well being disaster,” she stated.
Fitness center referred to as on her colleagues to craft a public coverage answer.