Allentown, PA asked in Landlord - Tenant for Pennsylvania

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 close all gaps best we could.

Bottom left panel is pulled up with a tension cable, and has an opening we covered with wood, but someone could crawl in easily if they wanted to.

Our 2nd car is now stuck in the garage until the door is replaced.

Do we have any recourse to get the door secured and the replacement expedited?

Can we put rent it escrow?

Our lease is month to month and we wish to be out of here is 3-4 months.

What are our options if any?

Thank you,


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1 Lawyer Answer
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
  • Wyomissing, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: 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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