Current Cases & Projects: Housing
Gerrell Martin v. Levy Law: Fighting for Renters in Landlord-Tenant Court
More than 24,000 Philadelphians are sued in Landlord-Tenant Court each year. While 81% of landlords have lawyers, most tenants—over 90%—do not. This results in a dramatic power imbalance, leaving low-income families afraid of complaining about the conditions of their homes, lest they risk facing an eviction lawsuit, where they will likely have to fend for themselves. Gerrell Martin and her family, represented by attorneys at the Public Interest Law Center, are trying to turn this dynamic on its head, arguing that the collection lawyer representing her landlord violated federal law.
Legal Right to Safe and Healthy Housing – Vazquez v. Gilbert
A low-income Philadelphia renter is standing up for her legal right to live in safe and healthy housing, alleging that her landlord and property manager rented her a property that did not have heat, was infested with rodents, and had raw sewage leaking in the basement. The lawsuit alleges violations of state and local laws which are not used enough because they are not well known and there are too few lawyers for poor tenants to enforce those laws.
Sharswood Eminent Domain Proceedings
The Philadelphia Housing Authority and its agent, the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, have identified over 1000 properties in the Sharswood/Blumberg neighborhood that it seeks to take through eminent domain proceedings. Read more
Fraud Against Person With Disabilities
The Law Center is representing MW, a Philadelphia man with intellectual disabilities who was deceived into selling his home for .05% of its market value – a grand total of $25. Read more
Online Mortgage Registry System
The Law Center is representing and advising legal services and affordable housing services in a class action lawsuit brought by the Montgomery County recorder of deeds against Mortgage Electronic Recording Systems, Inc.