What is the Fair Housing Commission?
The Fair Housing Commission enforces the Philadelphia Fair Housing Ordinance. The Commission hears complaints against landlords who illegally terminate a lease or change to the terms of a lease for a property where there are open housing code violations.
When Can I File a Complaint?
• There is at least one outstanding License and Inspections (L&I) violation at the property you rent from a private landlord (includes Section 8 housing);
• Your landlord has not filed a Municipal Court complaint against you.
• You are current on your rent or have current rent saved in a withholding or escrow account; and
• Your landlord has participated in one of the following unfair rental practices under the Fair Housing Ordinance:
o Retaliation because you reported housing code violations;
o An illegal eviction;
o An illegal rent increase or changes in the terms or conditions of the lease because you reported housing code violations; or
o Utility cut offs by a landlord who is responsible to pay for them (gas, water, electric)
Where Should I Go to File a Complaint?
City of Philadelphia Fair Housing Commission
601 Walnut Street, Suite 300 South
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: (215) 686-4670
What Documents Should I Take?
• A copy of your lease;
• Rent receipts as proof of payment or proof of a Rent Withholding Account or Escrow Account for the last 3 months;
• All written documents between you and your landlord, including: letters with copies of the certified postal receipts (if you have them), e-mails, or text messages;
• Evidence regarding the needed repairs, including receipts for any repairs you have made or photographs of the problem;
• Copies of your utility bills, if you have any; and
• License & Inspections 6-digit Service File Number (call 215-686-2463 or search at li.phila.gov).