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If you have failed to resolve your landlord tenant problems by properly communicating with your landlord, putting your requests in writing, documenting the condition of the unit, giving the landlord a reasonable amount of time to respond and correct the defect, or if the landlord finds you in breach of lease, either for non-payment of rent or other breach of the lease terms, both you and the landlord can take the matter to court.


In order to evict a tenant in Philadelphia, a landlord is required to give the tenant a written notice. If the tenant has a written lease, there may be a clause in the lease stating precisely how much notice is required. If a tenant is being evicted for non-payment of rent, unless otherwise specified in the lease, the landlord must give a ten (10) day written notice. The same is true if there is an oral lease agreement. ( All tenants have a lease of some kind; if the lease is not in writing, the law assumes the tenant to have an oral lease.)

If a tenant is being evicted for any reason other than non-payment of rent, and the lease does not say how much notice is required, the written notice must be 15 days if the lease is for one (1) year or less; if the lease is for more than one year, thirty (30) days written notice is required. The same is true for an oral lease agreement. 
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