Reducing Default Judgments in Philadelphia’s Landlord-Tenant Court
AuthorEisenhard, Sarah Kim
GroupThe Sheller Center for Social Justice (Temple University)
SubjectLandlord and tenant--Pennsylvania
Landlord and tenant
Urban poor--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--social costs
Permanent link to this recordhttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12613/492
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DescriptionThis report looks at why so many tenants in Philadelphia are not participating in proceedings that could result in their losing their homes. Findings indicate that certain aspects of the court process, if addressed, could result in the entry of fewer default judgments–and thus fewer evictions based upon them.
CitationReducing Default Judgments in Philadelphia's Landlord-Tenant Court (2020)
Citation to related workhttps://www2.law.temple.edu/csj/publication/reducing-default-judgments-in-philadelphias-landlord-tenant-court/
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