L&I Rental License Application Changes for 2017 & 2018
PAA recently contacted the Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections to discuss January 2017 rental license revisions, and the 2018 upcoming mandate that all rental license applicants and renewals use the online licensing portal or in-person service.
1. In response to media claims that the City does not enforce the current lead paint law, L&I reworded the 2017 Rental License Application to better inform rental owners, and better enforce current requirementsPreviously, the rental license application asked applicants to acknowledge the lead hazard disclosure law
- Beginning January 17, the application will spell out the lead hazard disclosure requirements and answer questions regarding the property’s age and whether children under 6 will be living on the premises
- If the property is pre-1978 and the owner anticipates occupants aged 6 and under, the applicant will have to check a box indicating that he or she submitted a lead-safe certificate to the Health Department
- L&I understands that rental license renewals, lead safe certifications, and new leases do not all run concurrently. The new application will indicate that the owner must submit required documents as they come up (“honor system”)
2. In 2016, 20% of renewing applicants used the online eCLIPSE system to renew their rental licenses. Over 60% of new applicants used the online eCLIPSE system to obtain a rental license. L&I is seeking to limit the dependence on paper applications.
- Beginning 2018, long-term rental property owners will not be able to renew their rental licenses by mailing in a check in response to a paper invoice from the Revenue Department. All rental property owners will be required to renew online or in-person
- At some point in 2017, L&I will advertise this new requirement by mailing information to all renewing applicants