The Certificate of Rental Suitability  is required each time a vacant unit is rented and is in addition to the annual Housing Inspection License currently required of all landlords.

This Certificate is issued online by the Department of Licenses and Inspections to licensed property owners desiring to rent and will confirm that:

  1. There are no uncorrected code violations on record with the Department;
  2. The owner has certified that there are no health or safety defects;
  3. The legal occupants of the rental property will be given notice of their rights to inspections and repairs which is found in the Partners for Good Housing Handbook

The Rental Suitability Law was reinstated after a three year suspension. As of August 7, 2011, landlords have been required to provide each new tenant with a certification that the property being offered to them is free of health and safety defects.  A consent order agreed to by TURN, the City of Philadelphia and the landlord lobby, and approved by Judge Fox reinstated this ground breaking tenant protection law.

Read more about this law:

View a WHYY report on why a Philadelphia law designed to protect renter’s from sub-standard housing was suspended in 2008



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