Hearings on the Good Cause Eviction bill will be held in Philadelphia City Council (4th Floor City Hall) 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 13th.   The bill was introduced by  Philadelphia City Concilperson Curtis Jones to help to  protect renters from unscrupulous landlords who try to evict renters for illegal reasons.  The legislation is Philadelphia City Council  Bill No. 170854 (here)  has been amended and it requires:

  • a legitimate reason for an eviction when a lease ends
  • 30 days advance notice of termination
  • right to challenge whether or not the actual reason for the eviction is legal

What is “Just Cause Eviction” (also known as Good Cause Eviction)?

“Just Cause Eviction” is a legal policy created to address tenants whose leases are terminated by the landlord for reasons which fairness and justice cannot support such as discrimination, gentrification, retaliation.  Unfortunately, as a society we have come to value property and financial rights over human rights.  “Just Cause Eviction” is often the title of the law implemented to address an imbalanced system.

We often look at renters and landlords as being at olds with one another when in fact, these are two groups that are co-dependent on one another.  What is a landlord without a tenant but an owner of abandoned property.  A tenant without a landlord is homeless.  “Just Cause Eviction” is only a legal necessity because some people hold to the idea of doing whatever they want with “their property” without any regard for those whom they have already benefited from.

“Just Cause Eviction” helps the most vulnerable.  It is not something to be feared by good landlord’s who value the landlord-tenant relationship. Those landlords would never terminate a lease to discriminate, retaliate or simply to gentrify a neighborhood (which is really another form of discrimination). Where the cause is just…

We seek to pursue any policy that moves us closer to a cultural shift where “Just Cause Eviction” is no longer a necessity because as a society we define Housing as a Human Right.