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Q: My old landlord sold the building. The new landlord states that my lease is not valid.

The new landlord states that my lease is not valid because my old landlord renewed my lease after they came into an agreement. Now he has raised my rent an extra $250 a month starting November 1st. I live in Pennsylvania - can he do that? My rental agreement was year to year and wasn't to be... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 14, 2021

A lot depends on dates. What they are saying may hold if they gave you notice. If they didn't, then you may be able to claim under the old lease. Alternately, you could have a claim against the old landlord as he created an agreement when he lacked the power to perform under the agreement.... Read more »

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Q: My old landlord won't let me get my stuff out of the apartment. We weren't evicted. Just moved and wasn't late on rent.

I have contacted him 3 times this past week trying to get the rest of my stuff and he keeps telling me I can't come out to get it. I have several text messages with him arguing with me. I don't want a fight; just want my stuff.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 14, 2021

Why not contact the local police. He can't hold your items hostage.

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Q: Can my landlord evict me for not paying in full my water bill which is on a payment plan and is current?

I'm on the tiered assistance program (TAP) with the Philadelphia water department. I've got a set bill but a past balance that's put on hold while I'm on it. They forgive an amount after your pay 15 times. My landlords legal dept just sent me an email saying if I don't pay... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 14, 2021

Check your lease. Write them back and ask for the legal basis as you are not in default with the water department.

Check with community Legal Services Landlord Tennant branch.

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Q: What is the difference between non-renewal of lease letter, and a notice to quit?

Landlord gave me non renewal of lease letter dated for 9/30. Said she want to sell this house. I do not owe any rent, nor violated the lease in any way, but I am only income to my family of 2 adults, and 3 children ages 16,11, and 3. I was handed this letter on 9/10. What are my options, if any? Is... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 29, 2021

They have to give you a 30 day notice to quit. I suggest you contact legal aid.Ask for their landlord tennant group.

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Q: My landlord doesn't want to renew my lease. She just gave me the letter and wants me out in 4 days. Is this legal?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 28, 2021

The Landlord has to give you notice equivalent to the term of the rental. If it's weekly, a weeks notice. If monthly, a month's notice.

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Q: 37 years ago I gave my landlord a security deposit if $250. He just sent me a check for that amount

Minus $100 for things he had hauled out, so $150.00. Shouldn't there have been some interest in 37 years or can he just make a note that's what it was and spend it or whatever? 37 years!!!!

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 17, 2021

He is required to have it in an interest bearing account.

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Q: Moved out from apt in April-still waiting for security deposit that was made 37 years ago

Plus, shouldn't there be interest accrued in 37 years?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 13, 2021

You should send a written request, certified return receipt requested.

If you don't get it you have both an administrative and a court remedy.

Best of luck!

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Q: I rent a apartment inside my landlords home. It is a private 2nd floor full 2 bedroom apartment with a private entrance

Several times I have found her at the top of the steps outside my door listening to conversations when I have company. She has also brought up many things that she should not know about but has learned from eavesdropping. I live in PA. What can I do?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 16, 2021

Not much other than to say she has to understand that for you to feel comfortable staying there she has to not be listening in. At the same time, don't have conversations of any private nature in the room where the door to the hallway is, or drape an elegant curtain over that door with an... Read more »

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Q: I rent and the tenants above me have been smoking indoors. The smoke odor is coming in to my apartment through the vents

I have reached out multiple times to the leasing office, but they have not helped. It's becoming unlivable for me - giving me a constant headache - and the smell is seeping into my furniture and clothes. What can I do?

Mark Scoblionko
Mark Scoblionko answered on Jul 15, 2021

Your best bet is probably to move at the end of your lease. If your lease goes for an extended period, see if the landlord will allow you to leave early without a penalty.

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Q: Are we responsible for leaving the fridge or buying the landlord a new one?

When we moved into our rental, the landlord provided a fridge with the house. We ended up inheriting a new fridge and the landlord took the fridge that was in the house so we could use ours. Now that we’re moving out, the landlord is saying that we either need to leave the fridge that we got or... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 2, 2021

Seems if he took the old one he should put it back. It would be different i

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Q: Can my former landlord file legal actions for leaving a few pieces of junk behind during a frantic move out?

We were given 30 days to move out, via a text message and during the move out some things were left behind. The landlord send my roommate a text message threatening legal action if we didn't get the stuff out. He couldn't even ask politely if it was just missed in the move.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 2, 2021

So get the stuff out now. So he isn't polite--but he's not saying he had someone move it and is charging you. Get it done, ASAP. If the place is locked you need to make arrangments to get in to move it.

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Q: I am a landlord and don't want to renew my tenant's lease, what steps do I take?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 2, 2021

You look at the lease. It will normally have a paragraph about how you will notify the tennant if you are not renewing the lease.

You can deliver them a letter stating that the choice has been made not to renew. You would want to do this 30 days before the lease is up, and that you are...
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Q: A landlord on Facebook called me racist slurs, can I share our messages to a Facebook group to warn potential renters?

The content of our conversation would include a video of the place, address etc. that she voluntarily sent me on Facebook Marketplace. The audience would be one of those housing groups on Facebook.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 11, 2021

It would have to be very carefully worded. If you have a concern, perhaps the Human Relations Commission would be a better place?

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Q: I have a month to month lease, landlord served me today with a lease termination, is this legal during covid-19
Nellie T Schulz
Nellie T Schulz answered on Jun 2, 2021

Yes. The Pennsylvania Governor's Order didn't affect a landlord's right to terminate a monthly lease or have a tenant evicted for any reason other than non-payment of rent. It also required that a non-paying tenant provide certain statements concerning the tenant's non-payment of ren

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Q: Landlord damaged garage door when attempting to fix electronic door opening issues.

We are in Macungie, Pennsylvania.

Garage door wouldn't open. The garage door was badly damaged when the landlord tried to the fix garage door opener.

Landlord says 1-2 months until fixed.

Landlord left the garage door mangled and we were left with the task of trying to... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on May 25, 2021

See if the landlord will let you fix it or if he will let your other car out. If you are on a lease it's a likely lease violation. But don't do stuff yourself otherwise he can flip it and say you damaged the property.

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Q: How do you evict someone that doesn’t have a lease but pays month to month?

The lease was held by his ex-girlfriend. After they split, he stayed and continued to pay the rent for 3 years.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on May 25, 2021

He is a monthly tenant. You serve him with a notice to quit a month before. You keep a copy of what you served him. If he doesn't leave, you can then file with the district justice.

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Q: My husband and I are both on the lease but only his name is on the eviction. Can I fight it?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on May 25, 2021

You should be able to, I would check with legal aid in your county to see if they can give you some advice specific to your facts. However if served with papers you need to file an answer to avoid a default judgment.

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Q: can a new owner of my auctioned off rental apartment of 36 yrs. kick me out without notice?
Nellie T Schulz
Nellie T Schulz answered on May 9, 2021

When real property which is subject to an existing lease or leases is sold, the leases remain as part of the real property for the entire remaining term of each lease. If the term of a particular lease is month-to-month, then the new owner may terminate the month-to-month lease with at least 30... Read more »

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Q: If my lease expires, am I free and clear to move out? Plumbing issues, mold, mushrooms grow in kitchen baseboards. Uggh

We are in a basement apartment. Sent numerous messages and photos about the plumbing backing up. We shower in our neighbors food waste. If they do laundry, our shower backs up and overflows (great when we’re not home). Got a dehumidifier to deal w mold (it’s bad) and even sent photos of moldy... Read more »

Nellie T Schulz
Nellie T Schulz answered on Mar 15, 2021

The general rule is: A lease ends when the term of the lease ends.

BUT, you must read your lease carefully, as there may be exceptions to this rule. For instance, the lease may say that the term of the lease automatically renews unless the tenant sends written notice to the landlord of...
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Q: Hello my name is zakiya and my question is if me and my landlord file for rent program and he said I don’t have to pay

Can he change his mind now because he don’t want to wait to get the money from the program

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 24, 2021

If that was the deal going in, and you relied on that in taking the place, you have an argument to make that you can leave without having to pay.

However, if you started to rent, then he said you don't have to pay, that's more a change in conditions that affected his view of what...
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