Landlord-tenant issues focus of Solomon’s Policy Committee roundtable

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 1 – State Rep. Jared Solomon today a hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable discussion at the Philadelphia Protestant Home to clarify landlord-tenant relationships.

Solomon noted the importance of the topic in relation to House Democrats’ Plan4PA and efforts to put people first. He was joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, to learn how absentee landlords can be held accountable for maintenance of their properties and how to clarify landlord-tenant relationships to ensure both parties are aware of rights, responsibilities, and obligations.

“We want to strengthen the relationship between landlords and tenants so that we can put people first and make sure these relationships are mutually beneficial. I’m thankful for the opportunity to host today’s Plan4PA Policy Committee discussion that will help us find legislative solutions that ensure protections for both parties and give recourse when one party doesn’t keep up their agreement,” said Solomon, D-Phila.

Sturla added, “The relationship between landlords and tenants should be clearly defined when entering into rental agreements. When either party fails to hold up their end of the bargain, we have to be sure there are policies in place that protect each party. Clarifying the roles, responsibilities and obligations is an important part of the process and I’m glad Representative Solomon brought the committee to Philadelphia to discuss this further.”

Discussion participants included: Rebecca Corcoran Swanson, planning director, City of Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections; Phil Lord, executive director, Tenant Union Representative Network; Christine Young Gertz, director of government affairs, Pennsylvania Apartment Association-East; Tom Gilles, board of directors member for Diversified Investors Group and member of Pennsylvania Residential Owners Association; George Donnelly, Langer, Grogan & Diver social justice fellow, The Public Interest Law Center; George Gould, senior attorney, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia; and Paul Cohen, attorney and founding partner, Cohen, Willwerth & Marraccini.

Materials, photos and video from today’s Policy Committee discussion will be available at Visit for additional information about the Plan4PA.