Nearly 40,000 households in Philadelphia County are behind on rent, owing an average of $2,300, according to Census data analyzed by National Equity Atlas.
- That's slightly less than the average American household, which owes around $2,550. It's also lower than the average rent debt in its neighboring suburban counties.
Yes, but: Philadelphia generally has a lower cost of living compared to the surrounding suburbs.
Why it matters: The city's emergency COVID-19 tenant protections expired in September, which means landlords can charge late fees again and are no longer required to make repayment plans with tenants who are behind on rent.
- Meanwhile, Philly is expected to run out of rent relief money in a little more than a month, as applications for assistance outnumber available funds.
Between the lines: Although Philly is below the national average, it’s still the poorest of the largest U.S. cities with over 20% living at or below the poverty line.
- Tenants living in majority Black areas of the city face eviction filings at more than two times the rate of other areas, according to the Reinvestment Fund, an analytics firm.
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