Pittsburgh, PA asked in Collections for Pennsylvania

Q: Is it legal for an rental property to reject your rental application because you have debt in collections.

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W. J. Winterstein Jr.
W. J. Winterstein Jr.
  • Collections Lawyer
  • Boyertown, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: Yes, a landlord/property owner in PA has the right to reject your offer to lease his property. If the "collections" entry in your credit report is erroneous, you can attack it by disputing the entry through each or any of the credit bureaus, and if the entry is deleted, you can renew your offer to lease by pointing out that your credit report is improved. But there is no legal way of which I am aware for you to compel a property owner to enter into a contract (the lease) permitting you to occupy his property on the strength of your agreement to pay the accruing rent as it becomes due.

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