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I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear about your situation.
The city of Philadelphia requires a license for all types of housing rentals. There is no exception for owner-occupied properties. To get a license, landlords must meet minimum health and safety requirements. You can dial 311 or call(###) ###-####to see if your landlord has a license. If she does, you can report the condition of the premises and ask them to come take a look. If she doesn't, you can report her.
When a landlord doesn't have a license to rent a property, they're not legally entitled to rent. The judge cannot and will not order you to pay her any past due amounts. However, it's also illegal for you to be there, so I'm afraid the judge is going to have to give you a deadline for moving out. You may want to start looking for another place to live before the court date.
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