News Story (Pennsylvania)
October 4, 2018
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Tags: Housing: Eviction, Housing: Landlord-Tenant
Organizations mentioned/involved: Community Legal Services (CLS) of Philadelphia
“We’ve never seen anything like this before,” said Rasheedah Phillips, a lawyer for Community Legal Services of Philadelphia who filed an emergency petition late Wednesday for an injunction to give the residents more time to move.
The city and the landlord, Cumberland Equities Holdings, had been in court for more than a year over numerous code violations — mostly related to work done without proper permits or inspections — and had put in place temporary accommodations, including a 24-hour fire watch. But on Sept. 27, when the case came before Younge, she issued an order for the building to be cleared by Oct. 5. It’s unclear why, as there were no new filings by the city indicating imminent danger or the need for removals.