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You are viewing 6 articles for 2017 with the tag eviction by the author Jake Blumgart

    • Curtis Jones | Emma Lee/WHYY

Just ‘cause: Jones introduces surprise bill aimed at preventing surprise evictions

Hardly anyone attended City Council's weekly session this Thursday. The public seats were thinly populated, there were barely any reporters, and even the legislative body itself wasn’t at full strength. But…

    • A protested eviction in Germantown.  (Bas Slabbers for WHYY)

Renters’ advocates take aim at landlords’ lawyers in fight to reform eviction court

The Public Interest Law Center is trying to change Philadelphia’s Landlord-Tenant Court. As one of the busiest corners of the municipal court system, these courtrooms in the stately Widner Building…

    • yazmin vasquez

Philadelphia sets aside $500,000 to help renters fight eviction

Standing beneath dozens of portraits of Philadelphia mayors in City Hall’s reception room, Yazmin Vasquez told the assembled crowd what it’s like to sleep in a house without a functioning heater.…

    • Eviction hearing in City Council, March 20, 2017

Council hearing examines evictions, substandard housing, and possible solutions

William Church didn’t look at ease in City Council’s high-ceilinged chambers. The 65-year-old former Marine experiences what he calls “extreme anxiety,” a condition he slowly and deliberately described to the gathered politicians.…

    • A protested eviction in Germantown.  (Bas Slabbers for WHYY)

North Philly couple suing landlord’s lawyer over right to evict

In 2013, Gerrell Martin and Curtis Sampson rented a property in North Philadelphia for their large family. They are low-income and have six children. Their two-year-old child suffers from cerebral palsy.…

    • Landlord-tenant court in the Widener Building

To reduce unfair evictions tenants need lawyers

In a city with a staggeringly high eviction rate, landlord-tenant court is one of the busiest corners of Philadelphia's municipal judiciary. To get to the court, walk into the lobby…

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