Updates

Low-income Philadelphia tenant wins a $22,400 judgment against ABC Capital, one of the city’s largest landlords

Low-income Philadelphia tenant wins a $22,400 default judgment against ABC Capital, one of the city’s largest landlords.

Low-income Philadelphia couple forced to flee squalid conditions sues ABC Capital, one of the city’s largest landlords

Rosa Correa and Michael Hamilton, a low-income young couple forced to abandon their north Philadelphia home because of squalid and dangerous living conditions, are suing ABC Capital, one the city’s largest landlords, with the help of the Public Interest Law Center and pro bono lawyers from Ballard Spahr LLP.

Eviction is a cause of poverty: Our client lost his home and his livelihood

Our client, a DJ in Philadelphia, lost his home and livelihood in an illegal eviction.

Law Center Announces New Tactix Tenant Advocacy Project

The Law Center is proud to announce a new partnership, the Tactix Tenant Advocacy Project. This project will support our work defending tenants in municipal court and bringing affirmative cases against landlords and their agents when they break the law. Tactix Real Estate Advisors is the largest “tenant only” commercial brokerage firm in the Delaware […]

Philadelphia Families Assert Their Rights to Quality Housing in Court in Efforts to Benefit Hundreds more Low-income Tenants

Two low-income families are hoping to shine a light on abusive tenant practices by taking their property management company and landlord to court. Both families are represented by the Public Interest Law Center.

Law Center Supports Appeal to Supreme Court in MERSCORP Case

The Public Interest Law Center recently prepared an amicus brief in a Commonwealth Court case brought by several counties and county recorders of deeds to challenge the MERS system. This follows a case in 2011 in which the Montgomery County recorder of deeds filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of herself and all other Pennsylvania recorders of deeds against Mortgage Electronic Recording Systems, INC. and MERSCORP, Inc.

Petition for Allowance of Appeal is Granted in Second Case Against MERSCORP, Inc.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court granted allocatur in a case against MERSCORP, Inc.  The Law Center has filed three amicus briefs since becoming involved in litigation against the MERS system by local governments in Pennsylvania in 2011. MERSCORP, Inc. operates a system of mortgage record keeping that allows for financial transactions involving the transfers of mortgage ownership to […]

Class Action Aims to End Exploitative Eviction Practices by Collection Lawyers

In an innovative class action lawsuit filed September 26, 2017, a Philadelphia grandmother seeks to use federal consumer law to give meaning to the legal protections Philadelphia enacted to protect vulnerable renters from unsafe housing.

Law Center Submits Second Amicus Brief in Second Case Against MERSCORP, Inc.

The Public Interest Law Center prepared an amicus brief in an appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court by several counties and county recorders of deeds who are challenging the legality of the MERS private system of mortgage records. This is the third amicus brief the Law Center has filed since becoming involved in litigation against the MERS system by local governments in Pennsylvania in 2011. The brief was submitted in support of Pennsylvania counties and recording officials who are appealing a Commonwealth Court decision in MERS favor, and the Law Center was joined by five Amici who represent consumers and homeowners in Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia Family Fights to Gain Power for Renters in Landlord-Tenant Court

A Philadelphia family filed a federal lawsuit today against their landlord’s collection lawyer for engaging in abusive debt collection practices in order to evict them and force them to pay rent, even though their house was deemed unfit for human habitation and was not appropriately licensed or certified, as required by Philadelphia law.