Rent Protection for Seniors

One listener wants to know about protections for seniors whose rent is raised. She’s not going to like the answer. I’m Amy E. Feldman.

Cindy’s 75-year-old mother has lived in the same Philadelphia apartment for 25 years but received notice that in August, her rent will be raised to more than double the price it was a year ago, nearly her total monthly income. Cindy wants to know if that’s legal. I am very sorry to say it is legal because there are no rent control or stabilization laws in Pennsylvania.

There are some resources available, however. Philadelphia residents can go to and click on rental assistance to see organizations that can help, and the National Council on Aging has a Hope Hotline— at 888-995-HOPE, which provides renter counseling and support to seniors at risk of becoming unhoused.

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