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Can I get an L+I inspection?

The City of Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections (L+I) is responsible for inspecting for violations of the Property Maintenance Code and Fire Code in any rental property in the City of Philadelphia, including PHA public housing.

How do I request an L+I inspection?

  1. Call 311.
  2. Submit a request online.
  3. Visit City Hall Room 167.

How does the L+I inspection process work?

It can take up to 3 weeks for L+I to inspect unless you request an emergency inspection for serious issues like no heat. An adult must be home at the time of inspection, and you may not get advance notice. Landlords generally have 35 days to resolve any violations. After 35 days, L+I should reinspect. If the property is still in violation, L+I should refer the case to the City Solicitor for court.

How will an L+I inspection help me?

In most cases, L&I inspections can help you:

  1. Prove there are repair issues in your rental property.
  2. Pressure your landlord to make repairs.
  3. Prepare to file a Fair Housing Commission complaint, if the landlord retaliates. (link)

What are the risks?

In rare cases, if L+I inspects and determines that a rental property is over occupancy (zoning violation, such an unlicensed rooming house) or hazardous to human life (serious risk of fire or collapse), then L+I can move to Cease Operations (link) at the property and force everyone to leave.


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