I found some favorable information because I continued to do more research on your question of default judgments in Landlord-Tenant cases in Philadelphia County.
The Petition to Open Default Judgment is filed with the Philadelphia Municipal Court Judgment and Petition Unit. You must state in the Petition to Open Default Judgment that you are asking the Court to set aside the Judgment and to please schedule a new hearing date.
[To determine the fee call the Judgment & Petition Unit of the Philadelphia Municipal Court.] Please remember that the decision to grant a new court hearing date is not automatic and is strictly up to the Judge. Be sure to include enough information to convince the Judge there is a very good reason to set aside the Default Judgment. You must state very clearly all of the following in your Petition :
TYou are filing the Petition within 30 days of the default judgment [if possible file within 10 days of the hearing];
A good reason for failing to be at the hearing - Note, attach copies of whatever medical evidence you have. Keep the originals so that you can show them to the Judge, if a new hearing is granted
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