There is a severe power imbalance in Philadelphia between tenants and their landlords– 91% of tenants face evictions without lawyers. To combat this issue, we protect tenants against unethical or illegal practices by landlords and their agents through class action cases, individual cases, and municipal court hearings. Through these cases, we hope that Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and federal laws will be more thoroughly enforced, and we hope to advance case law in this area.
The Law Center’s Tenant Advocacy Project is sponsored by Tactix Real Estate Advisors, the largest “tenant only” commercial brokerage firm in the Delaware Valley. This new venture will defend and enforce the rights of residential tenants in Philadelphia, and ensure that they have decent living conditions and can remain in their homes.
Support for this project is also provided by the Independence Foundation Fellowship. Currently funded by this fellowship, George Donnelly joined the Law Center in September of 2017 as a Penn Law Postgraduate Fellow funded by the Langer, Grogran & Driver Fellowship in Social Justice. He represents tenants in municipal court and works to bring cases that advance case law in order to strengthen tenant rights and protections.
Staff attorney Dan Urevick-Ackelsberg contributes to this project in his work defending tenants against unethical or illegal practices by landlords and their agents. Part of his work is supported by the McDowell Foundation.
Case Settled Against a Landlord for $35,000
Ending Exploitative Eviction Practices by Collection Lawyers
More information about Mr. Donnelly’s landlord-tenant municipal court cases can be found here: