All employees and visitors entering a First Judicial District facility will no longer be required to wear a mask. All unvaccinated Exempt employees and members of the public must continue to double mask. All jury trial participants will still be required to wear a mask. Click here for full notice.
Currently, we are accepting new cases in person. Appointments are preferred.
For questions about submitting a new case or to make an appointment call 215-686-7988
For questions about relisting a case or submitting a petition call 215-686-7980
For questions about submitting a writ of possession or alias writ of possession call 215-686-7989
What is a Landlord-Tenant Case?
The Philadelphia Municipal Court deals with cases involving a written lease or verbal rental agreement. The court can evict a tenant (the person renting a unit) or make one side pay the other. This is called a money judgment. A money judgment can be any amount. The court does not deal with cases involving a squatter and cannot force a landlord to make repairs.
A landlord can start a case to get the money a renter owes them. For example, a tenant might owe a landlord money for a repair when the security deposit does not cover the cost. A landlord can also start a case to evict a tenant if:
The tenant did not pay rent after the landlord asked for it
The tenant broke the lease
The tenant did not leave the rental unit after the lease ended
Landlords must go through the legal court process to evict a tenant. Landlords cannot change the locks, cut off utilities or remove a tenant’s belongings from the property. These actions are illegal and come with penalties, fines, and damages. If you are a tenant trying to get your security deposit back, you can start a small claims case or start landlord-tenant case.