PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia city councilman Curtis Jones wants to make it harder to evict long-term tenants, when a new landlord buys their apartment building, and his proposed bill would put new conditions on evictions in around the city.
Vanessa Fields was living happily in a Wynnefield apartment house when the building was sold and she was given five months to move out.READ MORE: 'The Vaccination Dollars Are Essential': Sen. Bob Casey Says President Biden's COVID Relief Bill Will Increase Vaccinations
“It was very demoralizing because you have friends in the building,” she said. “My daughter lived in the building and so because of that, we no longer live in the same place.”READ MORE: Suspect In Allentown Shooting Found Dead In New York City, Police Say
“This is going to happen more,” said Councilman Curtis Jones. “Philadelphia is undervalued. Our real estate has been discovered by investors.”
Jones’s bill says a landlord must have “good cause” to evict, and give adequate notice, regardless of whether a building is being renovated.MORE NEWS: Second Person, Jonathan Martinez, Dies After Feb. 26 Whitehall Township Walmart Parking Lot Double Shooting
“We have to protect our citizens so that they get an option to stay and time to relocate if they must,” he said. “We want to create a standard by which people are given notice and given time.”