Residents of two apartment buildings at 48th and Locust ‘ordered’ to leave within three weeks (updated)

April 25, 2018

UPDATE: A Dorset/Admiral Court Mass Eviction Rally, hosted by Philadelphia Tenants Union, will take place Monday, April 30, 4-5:30 p.m. at 4710 Locust St. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

Residents of two apartment buildings, Admiral Court and Dorsett Court, located at 48th and Locust, were told earlier this month to move out by April 30, according to media and neighbor reports. The reason? The owner is reportedly selling the buildings, which include affordable, Section 8 housing.

According to the eviction letter, received by the tenants on April 9, the doors will be locked and utilities will be shut off April 30, so many residents are currently scrambling to find new places to live. About 70 tenants are working with Community Legal Services to determine their rights in this “unlawful” situation, according to a report by

The two four-story buildings include 105 apartments, about 30 percent of which are vacant, according to the report. The prospective buyer hasn’t yet been identified, but demand for market-rate apartments has ballooned in recent years. The buildings are across the street from the newly developed West Lofts (former West Philadelphia High School). 


A sign on the door of Dorsett Court apartment building near 48th and Locust.

5 Comments For This Post

  1. James Says:

    What the heck? This seems illegal on first sniff, the timeline is crazy short.

  2. adam j weaver Says:

    The owner hasn’t had a rental license since 2015- it’s straight up illegal. It effectively means the renters leave our neighborhood and their kids change schools mid-year. Not acceptable.

  3. James Says:

    The owner wants to scare tenants into packing and leaving their apartments by a set deadline vice having to serve individual eviction notices to those who choose not to leave. The first is like dumping goldfish in a bowl down the drain. The second is more costly and time consuming of having to evict each tenant.

    Most likely scenario, this will be postponed to June 30th.

  4. greg Says:

    I hope everyone stays put and makes this as expensive as possible to carry out.

  5. LW Says:

    The owners are slumlords.

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