Forms, licenses and registrations
Renting a property is a business. Therefore, you must also have the necessary licenses and registrations to operate a business. To rent a property that:
You must prove that you own the property. Acceptable records include:
- Registered deed.
- Settlement sheet, signed by both the buyer and the seller.
- OPA registrationif you have owned the property for more than six months.
L&I will not accept a sales agreement or sheriff’s bill of sale as proof of ownership.
Owners living outside of Philadelphia
You must identify in the application a managing agent with a Philadelphia mailing address. The agent will be responsible for interacting with L&I.
As the owner, you will be listed as the holder of the license and will be legally responsible for it. You will also be responsible for the activity license associated with the Rental License.
You must provide the name and mailing address of any person with more than 49% ownership interest, or the two people with the largest interest.
Still have questions?
Watch the Rental License FAQs.
Proof of legal occupancy
You must prove that the property is legally occupied by submitting a copy of the Certificate of Occupancy (CO).
If a CO is not available, you can send a rental license prior registration. This only applies if the license was issued within the last three years and there have been no changes in the number of units or occupancy.
If neither a CO nor a Previous Rental License Record are available, you may submit a Zoning permit. This only applies if the use of the property was established before the year 2000. You must also submit a Affidavit of Continuous Use.
For more information about these documents and how to access the records, use the Rental license, proof of use and occupancy information sheet..
Lead Safety Certification
Owners must certify that they are following lead safety laws.
Code and tax compliance
To receive this license, you must: