Macungie, PA asked in Landlord - Tenant for Pennsylvania

Q: my lease says the landlord can do a non-renewal of lease 60 days before. Some lawyer sent me the non-renewal of lease

is that allowed? and if that is the case shouldnt the letter say the lawyer is representing the landlord?

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Nellie T Schulz
Nellie T Schulz
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Philadlephia, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: Technically, you may have an argument. There does exist a case concerning a long-term commercial lease with a similar provision which held that a letter declaring a non-monetary default sent by an unknown lawyer was not effective because the unknown person didn’t identify himself as representing the landlord. Whether a court would agree similarly in your situation is unknown so that you may want to avoid the enormous cost, effort and time to litigate this issue in court, especially since, by asking this question on a public website (which may admissible in court), it is apparent that you actually suppose the letter was sent on behalf of the landlord. Also, not having read the entire lease, any reasoned response to your question is not possible. Perhaps the more prudent response to the non-renewal letter would be for you to use it to begin cordial negotiations with the landlord on what new and different terms and conditions you would both find agreeable to have the lease renewed.

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