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CLS Files Complaints and Injunctions to Prevent Illegal Eviction


CLS Files Complaints and Injunctions to Prevent Illegal Eviction

Today, Community Legal Services (CLS) filed emergency injunctions on behalf of tenants to stop illegal evictions at Dorsett Court and Admiral Court apartments in West Philadelphia.  These preliminary injunctions ask the court to enter an order preventing the landlords and management company from illegally shutting down the buildings and turning off the utilities.  The evictions are scheduled for this Monday, April 30, 2018. 

On April 9th and again on April 12th, the tenants received eviction notices stating the buildings were being shut down on April 30th at the City's request.  After careful research CLS learned that the City had not requested, nor had any court ordered the landlord and management company to shut down the buildings. 

Said CLS attorney Rachel Garland, “These letters and stated intended actions are in clear violation of city and state law requiring landlords to go through the legal eviction process before lawfully evicting a tenant from their home.  Dorset Court, Admiral Court and their management company SBG Management have not taken any of the necessary legal steps and therefore cannot force these tenants from their homes.  Despite CLS's repeated requests to the landlords, SBG management, and their attorney, the tenants have not received notices revoking the eviction notices they received last week.  These tenants rightfully remain concerned about the stability of their housing.”

Admiral Court Order

Dorset Court Order



About Community Legal Services, Inc.:

Founded in 1966 by the Philadelphia Bar Association, Community Legal Services (CLS) has provided free civil legal assistance to more than one million low-income Philadelphians. As the City’s oldest and largest legal services program, CLS represented approximately 9,500 clients in the past year. CLS assists clients when they face the threat of losing their homes, incomes, health care, and even their families. CLS attorneys and other staff provide a full range of legal services, from individual representation to administrative advocacy to class action litigation, as well as community education and social work. CLS is nationally recognized as a model legal services program. For more information, contact 215-981-3700 or visit