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0 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Landlord - Tenant for Pennsylvania on
Q: Do I legally have to give my boyfriend an eviction notice to have him leave my house?

I own the home, he moved in with me 4 years ago and his drinking has caused our relationship to dissolve. Being together is causing stress and arguments that I am concerned are going to escalate. I've asked him to leave however, he states he's entitled to notice. Do I legally have to... View More

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Q: I purchased my home in 2015 and have been paying the mortgage, utilities, etc. My boyfriend moved in with me in 2020.

He has helped with bills as well however, his alcohol abuse has destroyed our relationship causing fights and arguments, leading me to asking him to leave. He has stated that this is illegal and I must allow him 90 days notice. All of the bills and utilities are in my name and there is no written... View More

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Q: Im a Pa. landlord of a small mobile home park. I have a lot with a over the year abandoned mobile home on it.

I know the owner but dont know the physical address they are at. Id like to file abandonment charges against it, so i have legal rights to it. Id like to know what are the steps i take are they the same as eviction (placing a notice on door?) or could you tell me the steps i need to take... View More

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Q: My first lease says “at the end of lease if no new lease is signed the same lease will extend for 12 months .

My second lease next year says “at the end of lease if no new lease is signed the same lease will extend for ________” it was left blank. Would it fall back on the 12 months or?

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Q: My lease says that the landlord can enter the premises "upon reasonable notice of at least 24 hours."

However, a few sentences later, it suddenly says: "In addition Landlord has all right to enter" with no qualification. They've repeatedly entered with only a few hours notice; once they entered with less than 30 minutes notice! Is this a violation of my lease? If not, isn't the... View More

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Q: I want to sue a tenent in civil court who abandoned a rental property for back rent.

The rental agreement has 2 names on the contract but was only signed by one person. (I was not a party on the original contract, I purchased the property while it was in force. After I purchased it, the tenents abandoned the property.)

Do I put both names as defendents or just the one who... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Immigration Law and Landlord - Tenant for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can my petitioner (father) evict me after I’ve arrived to the USA? I’ve only been for 2 weeks, green card hasn't arrived

I just moved here, haven’t even received my green card. My dad which is my petitioner just handed me an eviction letter. I’m 19 to be 20 in few months. Nowhere to go, don’t know no one here, eviction letter says that I have 30 days to vacate.

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answered on Feb 4, 2024

If your father, who petitioned for you to come to the United States, has given you an eviction letter, it's important to understand your rights and options. As a green card holder, or even if your green card has not yet arrived, you have certain protections under U.S. law. However, housing... View More

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Q: I have been renting a house for over 10 years. The owner died and now brother wants us out to settle estate.
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answered on Feb 1, 2024

If you've been renting a house for over 10 years and the owner has passed away, the situation may be subject to Pennsylvania's landlord-tenant laws and the terms of your existing lease agreement. Typically, in the event of the owner's death, their heirs or estate representatives... View More

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Q: Penalty for late notice of non renewal to landlord

My landlord gave me a 60-day renewal notice for my one-year lease. Before the deadline, I reached out to the management, asking for an extra 10 days to find a roommate. After this extension, I notified them that I would not be renewing the lease and submitted my notice to vacate. However, the... View More

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Q: Landlord tenant : I was asked to move in my pa homeowner and work in exchange for housing for mg fiancé myself kids

I was told via text I need to leave March 1 on December 25 2023. I agreed via txt due to her saying no more $ have to sell house Monday 1-22 Told leave in 4 days I send a letter via text explaining I should have 15 to exit via formal letter. she is going to Sherriff, if i don’t leave. “Not a... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Pennsylvania on
Q: My MTM lease requires changes be read to me as I'm 100% blind. Upon threats to call health dept I got a 45% rent hike &

With demand to sign new much stricter lease terms, all of which were sent via mail - not read in person. There's only been a total $125 rent hike with no other new terms in my 17 years there but within 6 months after my threat to exercise my tenant rights for habitable conditions I'm... View More

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answered on Jan 28, 2024

Based on the facts provided, this situation does seem to involve potential discrimination and retaliation prohibited under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). A few key points:

- Increasing your rent by 45% and imposing stricter lease terms shortly after you threatened to exercise your rights...
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Q: I moved in with a friend in Oct. He refuses to sign a contract or give me receipts for rent now telling me to move the1s

1st. I'm disabled he keeps try to fight me every time I try to talk with him. Threatens to destroy or take my things in my room.

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answered on Jan 27, 2024

In Pennsylvania, even without a written contract, as a tenant, you have certain rights. If you've been paying rent, you are entitled to the protections under the state's landlord-tenant laws. This includes the right to a safe and habitable living environment.

Since your friend...
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Q: I am moving into a property&i need to move the move in date but the property mgmt group is giving me a hard time

they were willing to move in early at a prorate but won’t allow me to update my move in date at a prorate. There were also things requested that needed to be done before move in that they claim won’t be done until the first of the month (which was original move in date). They’ve been a pain... View More

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answered on Jan 26, 2024

In your situation with the property management group in Philadelphia, PA, it's important to first review your lease agreement. The terms outlined in this document will generally dictate the conditions under which you can modify your move-in date and the financial implications of doing so.... View More

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Q: Pennsylvania:How to kick out my sister? No lease but gets mail . No rent paid, becomes hostile

Pretty much covers it . How to kick out my sister who starts fights soon as I come how from work . Sometimes before I even get home . Sometimes she becomes violent but I'm trying to do this the nicest , family like, easiest way . She not on lease not paying rent but she gets mail . Do I need... View More

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answered on Jan 9, 2024

In Pennsylvania, if your sister is not on the lease and is not paying rent, she may be considered a guest or a squatter, depending on her circumstances. To remove her from your property legally and peacefully, you typically need to follow the legal eviction process, which involves going through the... View More

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Q: My wife and I were both on lease,can she make me leave them her and landlord wrote new lease with only her name on it

Wife threw me out n had new lease written with only her name on it… is this legal???

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answered on Dec 29, 2023

In Pennsylvania, if both spouses are listed on the original lease agreement, and one spouse wants to remove the other from the lease or create a new lease with only their name, it generally requires the consent of both parties. Changing the lease unilaterally, especially without the landlord's... View More

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Q: I just rented a house in norfolk and it is disgusting nothing was done it stunk so bad you could smell out side .isthetr

There is white mold coming through vents and I smell gas the gas companies found leak and red taped. I have water coming up through floor along with roaches I cannot breathe

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answered on Nov 18, 2023

I would address this to your LL verbally and in writing. If you do not hear anything or if the problem persists, I would recommend calling your town's board of health.

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Landlord - Tenant for Pennsylvania on
Q: Between a landlord, an original tenant, and a sublessee, who is responsible for injury caused by mold?

sublessee moved in, and a few months later got sick. She tried to sue the landlord, but the landlord said he owed no duty to her because the original tenant was technically her "landlord"

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answered on Nov 16, 2023

In Pennsylvania, the landlord's responsibility for mold-related injuries depends on the case's specific circumstances. However, landlords generally must maintain their rental properties in a habitable condition. This means they must take steps to prevent mold growth and remediate any mold... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Contracts for Pennsylvania on
Q: Rent a center

Rent a center is harassing me threating me with jail and being arrested I paid on time every time I recently went on fmla 4weeks ago and can't pay at the time they won't accept what I can pay I just wanna know my legal rights I live in oregon the rent a center is in washington state can... View More

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answered on Oct 23, 2023

In the United States, you cannot be jailed for debt. While Rent-A-Center may have remedies if you breach the rental agreement, such as repossessing the rented items or suing for the balance owed, they cannot have you arrested or jailed for non-payment. Threatening jail time for debt could... View More

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Q: Can you be evicted for no reason during recovery from spine surgery?
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answered on Oct 16, 2023

No, you cannot be evicted for "no reason." The spine surgery is irrelevant. A landlord must state a reason, such as non-payment of rent, another breach by you of your lease, or the expiration of your lease.

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Q: Can a landlord hold several months of utility bills and then drop them on you suddenly and expect payment?
John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Oct 16, 2023

It depends on the terms of the lease agreement as well as the actions of the tenant.

If a tenant agreed to pay utilities, why wouldn’t the tenant be asking for statements on a monthly basis if the utility company bills monthly?

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