Eviction Process In Philadelphia: Eviction Hearing And Beyond

Learn how Kenneth L. Baritz & Associates, P.C., can be of service to you, a Philadelphia area landlord, when you need to evict a tenant from a commercial or residential property. Contact us by phone or email for assistance with the eviction, including all necessary steps prior to the eviction hearing and any aftermath issues that must be resolved quickly.

Eviction Hearing In Landlord-Tenant Court

The parties must attend the eviction hearing on the scheduled date. If a party does not appear for the hearing at the time specified in the complaint, the party may automatically lose the case and a default judgment may be entered (it can be very difficult to open a default judgment).

Mediation Or Contest

At court, and before the actual eviction hearing begins, the parties may choose to enter into mediation, or attempt to negotiate a settlement, with the landlord and his/her attorney.

All agreements created at court are written and binding, and cannot be appealed. Once the agreement is signed it becomes permanently binding on all parties.

Only those obligations written in a court agreement are enforceable. If the tenant fails to live up to the terms of the agreement, the eviction process moves forward. Any verbal agreement outside of the written agreement is usually not recognized or enforced by the court.

Prepared To Testify

If a party chooses not to enter into mediation, or if mediation fails, the parties may contest the matter. A contest means the parties will appear before a judge, therefore, allowing a judge to decide the case. Any witnesses must be prepared to testify at this point.

Call or email Kenneth L. Baritz & Associates, P.C., to schedule a no-obligation consultation with a Philadelphia area landlord-tenant attorney representing landlords in evictions, condominium associations in collections and real estate purchasers and sellers in commercial real estate transactions.