Renting In Philly March 2023

Outrageous Application Fees, Violations, and Overpriced Accommodations

iWriteTee

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The rental market in Philly is plentiful but expensive and too many people are being priced out and forced out in a tide of evictions. Axios reports that “Philly averaged 317 eviction filings per week over the four weeks ending March 4, [2023] per the Eviction Lab…despite Philly’s nationally recognized Eviction Diversion Program, a mandatory initiative requiring mediation to resolve landlord-tenant disputes.”

This isn’t a surprise. I wrote about this two years ago:

RentCafe.com says the average 794 sq ft [studio or small 1 bedroom apartment] costs $1900. The site lists the average rent per neighborhood with the lowest rent of $912 in Kensington to $2916 in Bella Vista (I have no clue where that is -because I’ve never heard of it except in ads and from people who aren’t from Philly).

The average place wants a 620 credit score, no prior evictions, and proof of income of 3 times the rent — which is $5700 a month ($68,700 a year). According to Census data, the median income in Philadelphia is $52,649 with over 22% living below the poverty level. Who can afford to pay $1900 for rent?

I’ve been looking for an affordable, ADA-friendly, 1st-floor apartment with hardwood floors for…

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