On the brink of eviction, a reprieve: A twist in bizarre Philly L&I case

October 5, 2018

By Staff

A week after ordering a building full of tenants evacuated with seven days’ notice — by 5 p.m. on Oct. 5 — Common Pleas Judge Lyris Younge apologized to the tenants, gave them a 30-day reprieve, and ordered the landlord to install a slew of fire-safety measures, return their deposits and last month’s rent, and kick in $300 apiece for moving costs.

Younge said she’d made the original Sept. 27 order out of concern for the residents’ safety due to numerous fire-code violations — even though the city Department of Licenses & Inspections, which had been in court with the landlord for a year and a half, did not come into the hearing seeking to vacate the North Philadelphia building.

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