The City of Philadelphia offers its residents a wealth of municipal resources ranging from low-cost legal services to social community events. The list below is only a snapshot of the organizations that can support your off-campus living experience.
Legal ResourcesFor information on tenant advocacy groups and court procedures, please visit the Legal Resources page under Tenant/Landlord Relationship.
University City DistrictUniversity City District is a partnership of world-renowned anchor institutions, small businesses and residents that creates opportunity, improves economic vitality and quality of life in the University City neighborhood of West Philadelphia. This organization strives to invest in world-class public spaces, address crime and public safety, bring life to commercial corridors, connect low-income residents to careers and promote job growth and innovation.
3940-42 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Center City District/Central Philadelphia Development CorporationThe CCD and CPDC share a mission to enhance the vitality of the Center City neighborhood as a thriving downtown and a great place to live, work or have fun. These organizations promote social engagement opportunities, develop resources for business entrepreneurs and are committed to making Center City a safe, clean and beautiful neighborhood to work, shop, dine and play.
Public Ledger Building
660 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Department of Licenses and InspectionsThe City of Philadelphia has set minimum health, safety and maintenance standards for houses and apartments. Keeping the housing in our city up to the standards involves a partnership between tenant, landlord and the city. The Department of Licenses and Inspections strives to be the nation’s leading code enforcement agency by exercising the highest level of integrity in its interpretation and application of the city’s building, maintenance and safety codes. To provide the best customer service and operations systems possible, the Department of Licenses and Inspections has several divisions that govern code and regulation enforcement, residential and commercial licensing, permits and certificates, zoning and appeals.
Municipal Services Building
1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19102
LicensingAnyone who offers a dwelling unit or rooming unit for rent must obtain proper licenses from the Department of Licenses and Inspections. There are three categories of such licenses that the department issues and each has somewhat different requirements: Residential Rental, Multiple-Family Dwelling and Rooming House.
The owner of any rental dwelling unit or rooming unit cannot legally collect rent without having the required licenses. An owner cannot proceed with an eviction without the proper licensing.
Residential LicensesA Residential Rental License is required of any person who offers a one-family dwelling, two-family dwelling (duplex) or a rooming unit in either of these, for rent.
Multiple-Family Dwelling LicensesA Multiple-Family Dwelling License is required of any person who operates a multiple-family dwelling (three or more dwelling units), whether rental, cooperative or condominium.
Rooming House LicensesA Rooming House License is required of any person who operates a rooming house, dormitory or hotel.