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January 9, 1987
The homeless were not always homeless. To the reasons enumerated in The Inquirer's excellent editorial of Dec. 28 I would add the insatiable greed of landlords who raise rents year in and year out and force many tenants to become homeless. Having profiteered from the appreciation of their property, landlords use every tax increase as an excuse to raise rents higher and higher. During the last 10 years, rents have nearly doubled. It is high time the city enacted rent restrictions to curb the greed of landlords and prevent further homelessness.
NEWS
October 2, 1992 | by Paul Maryniak, Daily News Staff Writer
The recent bout of unseasonably cool weather is prompting city inspectors to put the heat on landlords. Tenants of duplexes and multi-family dwellings are complaining to the Department of Licenses and Inspections that landlords are refusing to turn on their heat. And those complaints are sending L&I inspectors to the landlords with a warning: Turn up the thermostats or risk an immediate date in court. "The message to landlords should be loud and clear," said Robert Solvibile, chief of contracting services for the department.
NEWS
October 25, 1990 | By Richard Kleiman, Special to The Inquirer
Since Aug. 8, West Chester landlord Sally Biehn Blevins has spent part of her time digging through her tenants' trash looking for stray aluminum cans, glass and plastic, she says. On that date, the West Chester Borough Council adopted amendments to its recycling ordinance making landlords - and their agents - with buildings of three or fewer rental units reponsible if their tenants threw away items that could be recycled. During a special meeting Monday of the council's public-works committee, angry landlords and property managers for absentee landlords who own buildings in the borough told Councilmen Mitchell Crane and James L'heureux that the amended ordinance discriminated against them.
NEWS
December 6, 2000 | By Kayce T. Ataiyero, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The neighbors want peace, the landlords want a profit, and the township wants proposals that will make both groups happy. And that has proven a difficult task for officials wrestling with the township's student-housing problem. Their mission: to control the number of student-rental properties - and the public nuisance that neighbors say they pose - while addressing landlords' concerns. So far, officials' efforts have met with little success. "The student-housing problem has become not only a quality-of-life but a safety issue as well," Commissioner Lisa Paolino-Adams said at a public hearing at the board's Nov. 27 meeting.
NEWS
January 19, 1994 | By Sophia Lezin, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Two weeks after a group of tenants tried to determine the whereabouts of their landlord, who had left them without heat, the borough council passed a motion last night requiring building owners to properly register themselves. The vote came after Paulsboro police searched for the landlord of an apartment building at 101 W. Broad St., where 16 tenants, including children and a pregnant woman, were left without heat. According to Lt. Ken Ridinger of the borough police, the landlord, Linda J. Moore, 41, was arrested Jan. 12 for leaving her tenants heatless on the icy days of Jan. 4-6. The woman, who gave a Thorofare post office box as her address and was thought to reside with her parents in the first block of Peachwood Drive in Swedesboro, was charged with cruelty to children.
NEWS
July 17, 1986 | By Dominic Sama, Inquirer Staff Writer
A new housing-code provision in Radnor Township puts the burden on landlords to limit the number of unrelated tenants in the houses they rent. The provision, township officials acknowledge, is aimed at landlords who rent to college students. The township's zoning code already restricts the number of unrelated people in households, allowing one nonfamily member, defined as someone not related by blood, marriage or law. The Radnor commissioners on Monday night voted 6-0 to adopt an amendment to the housing code that places the burden of compliance on landlords.
NEWS
January 9, 1986
In a bureaucracy as large as the one that operates in Philadelphia, it's not too difficult to understand that the right hand doesn't always know what the left hand is doing. But that fact of life frequently works against the best interests of the citizens - and the city itself. Consider, for example, the bits and pieces of information collected by each city agency. The Water Department knows that service to a particular property has been shut off due to lack of payment. Fire officials know that they have been summoned repeatedly to that same address.
NEWS
January 22, 1987 | By Sara Robins, Special to The Inquirer
For the first time in recent memory, landlords in Clifton Heights may have to pay annual rental-permit fees. At Monday night's meeting, Borough Council members voted 8-0 to consider a proposal to collect fees of $17 for each apartment and $6 for each room. "It's not only a good way to check on the actual number of rental units in the borough, but it also allows us to see if the units are in livable condition," said Clifton Heights engineer F.C. Walton. A similar ordinance has been on the books in Clifton Heights since 1973, although officials say it has rarely been enforced, Claire McCann, borough clerk, said Tuesday.
NEWS
June 27, 1986 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
On most mornings this month, when Sheila Dillard prepared the formula for her 2-month-old baby, she grabbed a bucket or a jar and walked around the corner to the fire hydrant. It was the closest source of water. Since May 30, the 20 families who live in the Dana Courts apartments at 34th and Rosedale Streets in Camden have had no water in their spigots. They have kept a bucket by the toilet. They have washed themselves and their children with water they've lugged from the hydrant.
NEWS
September 24, 1989 | By Nancy Caprara, Special to The Inquirer
For the renters, it could be a question of money, a desire to get away from a large complex, or just someone searching for a more "at home" feeling. For the homeowners, the reasons are equally varied: The cost of keeping a large house becomes overwhelming. Or a spouse dies and the house just becomes too big and empty. Some simply want to find a housemate with similar interests. Whatever the reasons, George Hellenthal and Pat O'Neil are ready to help. The two run Chester County's "Project Match," an effort of the Retired Senior Volunteers Program (RSVP)
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BUSINESS
December 28, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Staff Writer
Thousands of customers have billing disputes with utilities. What sets Chester landlord Daniel P. Vermeychuk apart is the sheer scale of the amount Peco Energy Co. says he owes: about $100,000. For more than a decade, Peco and Vermeychuk have been feuding over unpaid gas and electric bills. Between 2008 and 2011, Vermeychuk closed six accounts, and Peco transferred the balances to other accounts in his name. In April 2013, Peco sued Vermeychuk in Delaware County Court to recover the accumulated debt, the largest amount owed by a residential customer.
NEWS
October 29, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
AN ORDINANCE that would require landlords to give tenants 60 days' notice before raising rents and require tenants to give 30 days' notice if they choose not to renew a lease won approval from a City Council committee yesterday. The legislation's "reasonable notice" provision for rent hikes is needed because no such notice is required under city law, while tenants are now required to give only 10 days' notice to terminate a lease, said Councilman Bill Greenlee, the bill's sponsor.
BUSINESS
September 5, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Center City's unionized office cleaners, maintenance workers, and other building-service staffers say they want to share in the benefits of an improving commercial real estate sector as they begin negotiations on a new labor contract. Members need to earn more to support their families and cannot afford the bigger payments for medical insurance sought by employers, Daisy Cruz, mid-Atlantic district leader for SEIU 32BJ, the local of the Service Employees International Union, told at least 100 workers at a rally on Thursday ahead of the talks.
NEWS
August 25, 2015
N ATALIE VANE, 31, of Center City, founded Coshare, which specializes in turning vacant spaces into vibrant shops until landlords find permanent tenants. Vane, a 2015 Wharton MBA grad, started the company in January and opened her first Coshare shop in July at 1921 Walnut St. The landlord recently found a permanent tenant and Vane is talking with landlords about another Coshare space, which she expects to open by mid-September. Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: I'd walk along Walnut and Chestnut streets and see vacant storefronts.
NEWS
August 8, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
A property manager for a Moorestown real estate agency was arrested this week in connection with allegations that he stole money from landlords and tenants, officials said Thursday. Randal S. Maher of Cherry Hill is accused of misappropriating nearly $190,000 by keeping rent intended for landlords who had contracted with the agency, tenants' security deposits, and other money, authorities said. Maher, 40, an employee of Re/Max Main Street Realty, also allegedly created a company, S.J. Property Management, and a related website to improperly collect and retain money.
NEWS
May 19, 2015
O FO EZEUGWU, 23, a Temple grad from North Philadelphia, is co-founder and CEO of Whose Your Landlord. The Web app enables renters to find their next home and review landlords, housing complexes and college residence halls before signing a lease. Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: I studied entrepreneurship and thought about how we could help students make informed decisions about where to live and have real-time information about landlords before signing a lease.
NEWS
March 14, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two bills proposed to City Council on Thursday would result in scads of new trash and recycling receptacles being placed across Philadelphia in an effort to curb the city's litter problem. Under the first bill, any business that sells packaged or prepared foods for takeout would have to put both a trash and recycling bin within 10 feet of the front door. The second bill would make landlords of buildings with six or more units provide a communal trash and recycling receptacle for tenants.
REAL_ESTATE
January 11, 2015 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
As the elderly live longer, baby boomers stay in their homes as they age, and veterans with disabilities congregate in cities, expect to see an increase in assistance animals - even if your apartment or condo building doesn't allow pets. Such animals are not pets, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, but companions who work, assist or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Assistance animals, also known as service animals, guide individuals who are blind or have low vision, alert the deaf or hard-of-hearing to sound, pull wheelchairs, fetch medication, and alert humans to impending seizures or problem blood-sugar levels by smelling their owners' breath.
BUSINESS
January 10, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
For years, landlords tried to coax Target to open one of its big-box stores in the heart of Philadelphia. Each time they failed, daunted by the difficulty of plunking a store the size of two football fields into a packed downtown. That chase appears to have come to an end, with a much smaller version called Target Express now looking to make a splash at multiple locations in the hottest pockets of redevelopment near Philadelphia's core. Target Corp. is hunting for lease deals in Center City and University City to build what could be as many as four of the new stores, which are about one-sixth the size of a suburban Target.
NEWS
November 2, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Hunting Park man was convicted of first-degree murder Friday in the 2013 shooting of the landlord trying to evict him from a rooming house after finding a gun. A Common Pleas Court jury deliberated two days before returning the guilty verdict against Shaquille Henderson, 22, in the March 8, 2013, death of Tony Martin, 52, a retired professional boxer. The verdict carries a mandatory life prison term without parole. Assistant District Attorney Thomas Lipscomb said the sentence would be formally imposed Friday by Judge Lillian H. Ransom.
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