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Rental Suitability

Philadelphia law requires landlords to give new tenants certain documents when the lease is signed.
Landlords must give new tenants the following: 
  • A Certificate of Rental Suitability from the Department of Licenses and Inspections that confirms the landlord has obtained all of the necessary licenses and there are no outstanding property maintenance or fire code violations at the property;
  • A signed written statement by the landlord certifying that the unit is in suitable condition to rent; and
  • A copy of the "Partners For Good Housing" handbook issued by L&I.
This law only applies to new tenants, not to lease renewals. A Certificate is required each time a property is rented. Landlords who fail to get a Certificate, may be subject to fines and penalties. All landlords must also have a valid Housing Inspection License to collect rent.

Landlord Licenses

The Philadelphia Property Maintenance Code states that all landlords must be licensed in order to rent properties.

Landlord's Statement

The landlord’s signed statement must include the following information:
  • The unit has working fire extinguishers and smoke detectors;
  • The operating systems and the property do not have health and safety defects; and
  • The landlord will continue to maintain the operating systems and condition of the property and throughout the tenancy.

Housing Standards and Responsibilities

The “Partners for Good Housing” booklet outlines the responsibilities of owners, tenants, and landlords for maintaining houses and apartments in a safe and clean condition.