Philadelphia has long been known as a city of homeowners, but that has been changing in the past decade—to the point that nearly half of the city’s households are now renters. Yet the condition of most rental units in Philadelphia remains largely unmonitored by the city, despite public officials’ and advocates’ renewed focus on rental housing and, in the wake of COVID-19, a growing recognition of how housing affects people’s health and well-being. And there has been little conversation about how rentals are regulated and inspected.
The Pew Charitable Trusts conducted an in-depth examination of the rental regulation system in Philadelphia—and the corresponding systems in other major cities. Download the report here and read Pew's key findings about how it works, and what other cities are doing.
See Also: The Analysis about Rental Code Enforcement in Philadelphia