Philadelphia Rental License and Certificate of Rental Suitability

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I recently started the eviction process for non-payment in Philadelphia, PA, but found out that I still needed to renew my rental license and obtain a Certificate of Rental Suitability (and provide a copy along with the "City of Philadelphia Partners for Good Housing" brochure  to my tenant). Fortunately, I did those things and the tenant got current on the rent. Now I just want to make sure I am compliant going forward.

My question is: Am I forgetting anything? I had provided a copy of the lead paint disclosure upon execution of the lease. I believe the zoning was taken care of through my rental license - I am not sure if that's something separate.

I tried navigating the various websites to piece together the requirements, but I would appreciate if anyone familiar with Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Landlord-Tenant laws could point out any potential holes that I still need to fill. Thanks in advance.

You’ll also need a business activity license which gives you the ‘opportunity’ to pay Philly business taxes.

Originally posted by @Mike McCarthy :

You’ll also need a business activity license which gives you the ‘opportunity’ to pay Philly business taxes.

These days that license is now called "Commercial Activity License" - it was formerly known as "Business Privilege License".