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Q: How can we contest incorrect deductions made from our security deposit when our landlords won't respond to emails?

Our landlord removed $280 in cleaning fees, but we left the apt clean and now they won't specify what required cleaning. They deducted an additional $100 to replace two blinds, but those blinds were missing when we moved in.

We have sent three emails over the course of several weeks... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Pennsylvania on
Q: landlord gave notice of 15-day eviction due to having a registered service dog (not a ESA) and entering w/o any notice??

He also refused a lady from renting yesterday (have name and #) bec of having a service dog. And cought by neighbors(have names &#) in their bedroom At night when they returned. What do I do? I put in complaint with U.S. Dept of Justice and told by US service animals to contact legal aid or sum... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Landlord - Tenant and Domestic Violence for Pennsylvania on
Q: Landlord took my name of lease put x boyfriend on it. I became a guest. Ex was abusive LL knew about it. Police knew

Know about the situation

LL will not call back and said my security deposit is now xboyfriends? Is this discrimination ? LL blocked my number. And ex boyfriend will not let me get my things?

0 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Landlord - Tenant and Domestic Violence for Pennsylvania on
Q: Landlord took my name of lease put x boyfriend on it. I became a guest. Ex was abusive LL knew about it. Police knew

Know about the situation

LL will not call back and said my security deposit is now xboyfriends? Is this discrimination ? LL blocked my number. And ex boyfriend will not let me get my things?

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Q: Can a landlord kick you out your place with a constable even if the tenant never received the constables letter?

I was removed from my home without receiving a constable letter...the landlord asked me to get involved with any programs that would help with my back rent and I did and the property manager refused the check...is he legally allowed to do that?

0 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Pennsylvania on
Q: Is it legal for codes department to release a landlord's personal information to a tenant if they have a property Mgr?

Tenant bypassed property manager and contacted me on my personal phone, which I never gave out. Tenant is intent on harassing me and claims they received my personal info from someone in the codes department.

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Q: What steps are required to deal with a landlord to replace a broken water heater. Can't get any response

No hot water for 2 weeks

Nellie T Schulz
Nellie T Schulz
answered on Jul 9, 2022

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... Read more »

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Q: My son is getting evicted he was served with a quit notice by the executor of the estate. He is only 24

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

Nellie T Schulz
Nellie T Schulz
answered on Jun 16, 2022

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,... Read more »

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Q: I have tenants living in the house in PA. One-year lease is up on 7/31/22. How much notice not to renew I should give?

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... Read more »

Nellie T Schulz
Nellie T Schulz
answered on Jun 13, 2022

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...
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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Pennsylvania: Can a landlord force you to sign a new lease after signing the lease renewal request three months earlier?

I signed a lease renewal request form in November that obligated me to the prior lease agreement. The lease renewal was for 24 months with "all other lease terms will remain the same." This month, my landlord sent me a new lease and stated that I must sign it with the addendums. The new... Read more »

Nellie T Schulz
Nellie T Schulz
answered on Mar 2, 2022

It may sound as though the lease renewal request document limits the changes that could be made to the actual lease renewal, however, a definitive answer can’t be given unless the existing lease, the lease renewal request, the proposed new lease, and any interim correspondence between you and the... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can I lose my dog privileges at my aprt for walking my neighbors naughty dog that has a bite history? If he bites again?

I have two esa (dogs) at my aprt complex. I’ve never had a problem with them. I also walk my neighbors dog, I’ll call him “Wally”. Wally is legally on her lease. The problem is, Wally has nipped at an apartment employee before, with a different walker. The incident was reported and is now... Read more »

Nellie T Schulz
Nellie T Schulz
answered on Jan 22, 2022

It’s not possible to answer your question definitively without knowing what the pet provisions say in your lease. I suppose it’s possible that it could provide that a tenant who acts negligently when walkia dog” could be bYour arguments are logical and sound, but that doesn’t mean your... Read more »

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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: 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: 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: 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.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
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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