Real Estate Taxes

PLA helps clients avoid real estate tax foreclosure.  We help clients negotiate with the City of Philadelphia and its law firms to enter into hardship agreements and repayment plans that allow homeowners to pay back property tax arrears in affordable monthly payments.

How to get help with Real Estate Taxes

The following departments at PLA provide legal assistance with Real Estate Taxes:

Intake Procedure:

Applicants need to call the Save Your Home Philly Hotline.

Intake Procedure:

Call 215-334-HOME (4663) between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Outside of PLA's normal business hours, callers may leave a message.

Applicants may also apply online.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get an appointment with a housing counselor?

If you are behind on your mortgage payments or your real estate tax payments, you may be in danger of losing your home to foreclosure.

If you are in foreclosure, or worried about foreclosure, you should meet with a housing counselor to discuss your options.

To schedule a housing counseling appointment, call the Save Your Home Philly Hotline at 215-334-4663.

Self-Help Resources

Real Estate Tax Assistance Programs

If you need assistance paying real estate taxes, you may be eligible for a payment plan or a tax reduction.  This brochure, published by the City of Philadelphia, summarizes the several programs that are available.

Application for Owner Occupied Payment Agreement

If you are behind on your real estate taxes, you may be eligible for an Owner Occupied Payment Agreement that will lower your payment for back taxes.  This is the application form.

Housing Counseling Agencies

The Save Your Home Philly Hotline refers callers to one of several housing counseling organizations in Philadelphia.  This is a list of those organizations, with addresses and phone numbers.

Assistance with applying for public benefits, UC, and EITC

If you need help applying for public benefits, unemployment compensation, or the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), free help is available from the City of Philadelphia.  You can get one-on-one counseling from BenePhilly over the phone or in person.

The toll-free number for BenePhilly is 844-848-4376.  You can also walk in to one of six BenePhilly Centers.


Amanda Grolig - Paralegal
Darline Justinvil - Paralegal
Jasper Katz - Attorney
Jane Nylund - Attorney
Madeline Pieretti - Paralegal
Margaret Robinson - Attorney

Margaret Robinson supervises the Save Your Home Philly Hotline.

Joyce Smith - Paralegal
Emeli Torres - Paralegal
Irwin Trauss - Attorney

Irwin Trauss is the Supervising Attorney of the Consumer Housing Unit.

Joanne Werdel - Attorney