I have no idea. It would depend on a variety of factors, including the outstanding principal balance of your current mortgage, the amount you are considering borrowing, the market value of the property now and what it may be when you may sell the property, what type of property is involved, the...View More
A landlord is not permitted to enter into any area which is leased to a tenant, unless the lease expressly contains an exception permitting it or under a dire emergency. Whether the landlord may enter into the basement or outside the house (I’m assuming you’re leasing a house), depends on...View More
I placed a cash offer on a home. My realtor told me in 5 days to put escrow. I ask would I lose my escrow if I change my mind. She said as long as money hasn't exchange hands and it's before the 5 days then no I wouldn't. Now in the 3rd day we change our minds and now the buyers are... View More
There is no way to answer your question without knowing (a) whether the buyer signed the agreement of sale; (b) if the buyer signed the agreement of sale, what the agreement said about the buyer’s obligation to pay a good faith deposit (a.k.a. escrow amount); and (c) whether the agreement of sale...View More
My father and I were advised he could have paperwork done saying that I would take over the mortgage on the house he owns, and that the ownership of the property would be transferred to me once it is paid, as he is planning to relocate. How can we go about this?
It is possible (though unlikely) for the mortgagee and the holder of the mortgage note to sell these documents to you. Assuming the mortgage and promissory note were obtained through a commercial lender, they were probably sold into the secondary mortgage market and are serviced by (and perhaps...View More
Under Pennsylvania’s Landlord Tenant Act, within 30 days after you have moved out, the landlord must either return the entire security deposit or send you a list of damages, the cost of repairs, and any money remaining from the security deposit. If the landlord does not provide a written list of...View More
I am starting an online business in PA and have a virtual office address for the business along with a registered agent that I used to file the corporation with the state. Can I use that address to get a local business license or do I need to use my home address? I am unsure if I should use the... View More
I agree with Mr Cherewka. If you are filing a Certificate of Organization or Articles of Incorporation with the Department of State to form a new LLC or corporation, you need to use an actual street address where you receive mail. You cannot use a Post Office Box. You can also hire a Commercial...View More
Without knowing what the agreement of sale says, it’s difficult to answer any question about it. In any event, if the buyer’s financing fell through, the agreement probably allows you to terminate the agreement. I doubt the agreement would allow the buyer to even enter onto the property without...View More
You should contact your local municipal property authority and ask to have the leased premises inspected for code violations and to determine whether the premises is fit for human habitation. You will need a written report and if the leased premises is in as bad a shape as you say, the landlord...View More
We are all allowed to use the alley-way for the purpose of walking through it. I need to attach a downspout to this area of my building in order to direct a portion of the rain water here. My question is, does the fact that we are all able to use the space for walking through also allow for this?... View More
It’s hard to say without knowing whether there is a written easement agreement or other writing (perhaps in the deed) creating the right of way and whether it restricts the easement for its intended use. If the new downspout would further restrict the use of the easement for its intended use, I...View More
Put in an offer, found out they went with another offer. Later found out that the agent selling the house also represented the winning offer. From what I can tell, that agent is required to disclose this, and they are not permitted to review other offers on the house.
The agent representing the seller is called the “listing” agent and the listing agent is the person who enters into a contract either the seller. Under PA law, a listing agent is permitted to represent both the seller and the buyer. The listing agent is required to disclose to the seller in the...View More
I assume that the woman who died was not named as a grantee on the existing deed to the father and that the father was the sole owner of the real property. I can see no scenario under which a close friend and occupant of real property can gain any ownership rights to that property, absent a written...View More
You need to contact the landlord by writing him an actual letter. If you have a lease, there should be a section in the lease entitled “Notice” which will have the address where notices to the landlord should be sent. It may also contain other instructions such as how the letter should be sent...View More
Can I go to court and request my information and home title be private due to fraud since it is so easy for someone to steal a home due to public record and all information available to criminals, because there is no protection for an innocent person by the law? Thank you and think for your help.
The deed to your house is not kept at a court, but is publicly recorded and maintained at the Office of the Recorder of Deeds for the county in which your house is located. I don’t know of any way a court could do anything to prevent beforehand anyone from preparing, selling, or recording a fake...View More
There is no Pennsylvania state law requiring that sales or purchases of residential houses be published in a newspaper. Although I have never heard of one, I suppose there is a possibility that a county, city, borough, or township has such a requirement for residential real estate located within...View More
He signed the quit notice even though it said by the 30th and the man who delivered it said it was a 30 day notice but was delivering it on the 13th. This is in Pennsylvania. Can they lock the doors on him if he isn't out by the 30th
A Notice to Quit provides the tenant a certain amount of time to either (a) cure the default within the time period and remain at the leased premises or (b) not cure the default and vacate the leased premises. If the tenant stays at the property beyond the time period and does not cure the default,...View More
They have been living in the house for 3 years but every year we sign the new lease for 1 year. We have a clause stating that if either landlord or tenant don't wish to renew, either party has to give at least 30 days notice. I gave them the notice not to renew a few days ago but they claim it... View More
You are right, unless the leased premises are a Manufactured (i.e., mobile) Home?
The only provision of the law requiring 3 months prior written notice of the expiration of the term of a lease is for a lease which is more than 1 year (which yours is not) and where the leased premises is a...View More
I recently sued my landlord in small claims court in PA for double my security deposit and won because they didn't even bother to respond to the case. I'm currently waiting for 30 day appeal period to end and as I've been preparing for any possibile appeal or learning how to collect... View More
My father gave me shares of his s-corp, roughly 30 years ago, and equates to 1/3 of the issued shares. Now he is incapacitated and I see how the corp distributes profit and losses to the shareholders in prior tax returns. I never received anything for my shares and he had kept them with his... View More
You describe a complicated situation that has many potential legal and tax issues - it’s even possible the company is no longer in existence. I think you need to consult personally with a business lawyer to review what documents you have, what documents are filed with the PA Department of State...View More
I think you should work with your certified public accountant and he may have to work with your partners’ accountants. It would be best if each partner had his own accountant, as there will be issues that all partners (such as valuations) would have to agree to.
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