An organization is putting pressure on Philadelphia City Council to pass a measure protecting tenants from unjust evictions.
The “good cause” proposal offers strict guidelines about what can — and cannot — trigger an eviction. Too many people are facing a threat of being thrown out of their homes as neighborhoods gentrify, said Margaret Nursten of the Philadelphia Tenants Union.
“The ‘good cause’ bill basically outlaws no-cause evictions, which is currently what is happening right now,” she said. “You can evict a tenant for no reason, or you can evict a tenant for any reason at all.”
Current regulations are too ambiguous, she said.
“We think that leaves too much of a gray area for discriminatory practice, instead of naming the reason you want to remove a tenant from a home in a gentrifying neighborhood,” she said.
A spokesman for Councilman Curtis Jones, who sponsored the legislation, said Jones hopes to have the bill up for a final vote before council members begin their summer recess.