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Q: My roommate put up cameras and drop-in tech without my consent and threatened to evict me; her dad is my landlord - help

trying to break a 1-year lease (he texted me that he expects a 30-day notice and $750 rent after to break the lease) I feel like I should have to pay him to move considering his daughter is bullying me and he takes her side - I just want out.

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Q: According ti my lease any changes require a 30 day notice. As my current lease expired June 30, I received the new lease

I was unaware of. July rent had been paid for a couple weeks at this point. I had to submit another payment for the new amount resulting in additional fees. They charge a processing fee (2..95% disclosed in the lease) and a $3 convenience fee (not disclosed in the lease) per transaction. Also 1... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law, Landlord - Tenant and Public Benefits for Pennsylvania on
Q: I have been renting a room from a friend however I am not on the lease and am unaware if the landlord is aware

Is my friend at risk of being evicted if the landlord is made aware of this? I have been receiving mail here. However I recently applied for food stamps using this address. 1. Is the assistance office allowed to contact the landlord? And 2. Do I have any legal right to live here as well is my... View More

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answered on Jun 23, 2024

To address this complex situation, let's break it down into several key points:

1. Subletting without permission:

Your friend is likely violating their lease agreement by allowing you to live there without the landlord's knowledge or consent. Most leases prohibit...
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Q: Recovery of real property court case - docket states canceled?

This is weird, to me. According to a search I did my husband and I were served 9 years ago a recovery of real property, which seems to indicate eviction from my understanding. We were never evicted and, in fact, continued to live in that apartment complex for another…um, 3-4 years? I don’t... View More

0 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Pennsylvania on
Q: Who's responsible for fuses blowing in an apartment?

Fuses has blown numerous times and landlord refuses to do anything unless I pay... it's not my family doing it we plugged n ana AC and dit blew. I paid to get it back in and again once I plugged in something it blew .. I'm losing money from the food in my fridge

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Landlord - Tenant and Municipal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Filed chapter 7 bankruptcy To take the copy of the form to the municipal court to inform them (currently facing eviction

To take the copy of the form to the municipal court to inform them (currently facing eviction) municipal court informed to file a petition to stay eviction filed it and shortly after it was denied. I don’t Think the municipal court quite understood that my bankruptcy form 101b was filed and... View More

Timothy Denison
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answered on May 18, 2024

You shouldn’t have to file a petition. The automatic stay created by the filing of the bankruptcy trumps all anyway. Be sure a copy of at least the front page and the creditor section page of your bankruptcy is placed in the municipal court file.

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1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy and Landlord - Tenant for Pennsylvania on
Q: Filed chapter 7 and afterwards was given a copy that was stamped by the judge then was told to take the copy to

To take the copy of the form to the municipal court to inform them (currently facing eviction) municipal court informed to file a petition to stay eviction filed it and shortly after it was denied. I was told by the clerk after filing bankruptcy the automatic stay protects me from the eviction... View More

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answered on May 17, 2024

I understand your confusion and frustration in this situation. Let me try to clarify a few key points:

1. When you file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, an automatic stay is typically put in place. This stay prevents creditors, including landlords, from continuing collection actions, including...
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Q: I rent from my employer when I asked for a pay increase I was told ok but your rent will increase is this legal?
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answered on Apr 16, 2024

The legality of your employer increasing your rent in response to a pay raise request depends on the specific circumstances and the laws in your location. Here are a few important considerations:

1. Employment laws: In most cases, it is legal for an employer to change the terms of...
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Q: If landlord is responsible for water can they charge a "water fee" as an additional charge on my monthly rent amount?

They are also adding a damage waiver fee and an utility fee. All 3 fee's total 60$ in addition to the rent. Is this legal in Pennsylvania?

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answered on Apr 16, 2024

In Pennsylvania, landlords are allowed to charge tenants for water and utilities, but the specifics of what they can charge and how they charge it depend on the lease agreement and local laws.

1. Water fee: If the landlord is responsible for water according to the lease, they should not...
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Q: New owner of my apartment complex told me starting on June 1st my rent will be 250 more a m I signed a lease in February

I already have a lease from the previous owner signed in February 2024 what should I do?

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answered on Apr 16, 2024

I understand your concern. It sounds like you have a valid lease agreement that was signed in February 2024 with the previous owner of your apartment complex. Typically, when a property is sold, the new owner is legally obligated to honor any existing leases that were in place before the sale.... View More

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Q: My property management company is allowing other tenants year lease renewal but not me? Is this legal?

My property management company is allowing both my neighbors next to me to keep signing year lease renewals at renewal time. Mine came up and I asked and I was told it’s month to month and that’s it. No explanation nothing.

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answered on Apr 16, 2024

It sounds like you're facing a frustrating situation with your lease renewal. The legality of this action largely depends on the terms of your existing lease and local tenant laws, which can vary widely. Generally, unless there is a clause in your lease that guarantees renewal under the same... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation and Landlord - Tenant for Pennsylvania on
Q: Who own the property? The bank ejected us while they were not the current owner of the property.

The bank took us to court on an ejectment case and won the case on 9/2023. However when the court granted the ejectment the bank was not the owner of the property. Another entity is listed as the owner in the recorder of deeds and on the tax statements. The bank lost possession of the property... View More

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answered on Mar 28, 2024

Ownership of a property is determined by who is listed as the owner in the official records at the recorder of deeds and on tax statements. If another entity, not the bank, is currently listed as the owner there and the bank had lost possession prior to the ejectment, then the legal ownership would... View More

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Q: Can I be evicted for complaining about a neighbor smoking weed in the building where there are rules and regulations

And it's seeking into my apartment causing me health problems

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answered on Mar 26, 2024

If your building has clear rules and regulations against smoking, including the use of marijuana, and the smoke is seeping into your apartment, causing health issues, you should not be at risk of eviction for making a complaint. Landlords are typically required to ensure that all tenants can enjoy... View More

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Q: I need to know can I be evicted for complaining about a neighbor smoking weed where there are rules and regulations

And it's causing me health problem because it seeks into my apartment

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answered on Mar 26, 2024

You cannot typically be evicted for raising legitimate complaints about a neighbor's behavior that is affecting your health, especially if there are clear rules and regulations against such behavior in your housing agreement. If your neighbor's smoking is causing health problems and... View More

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Q: Can a manager tape his office window with paper in the building management dept.its. Humiliating to the tenants .

We pay rent to talk to him .he is working for privacy he can go home

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answered on Mar 26, 2024

Whether a manager can cover his office windows with paper largely depends on the policies of the building and the company. If privacy is needed, there are generally accepted ways to achieve this, such as using frosted glass or blinds, which ensure privacy without entirely blocking out the view.... View More

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Q: How early can my landlord require me to sign a new lease before he finds a new tenant?
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answered on Mar 30, 2024

When it comes to renewing your lease, your landlord may have a specific timeline in mind for when they would like to secure a new agreement. Typically, this process can begin anywhere from 30 to 90 days before your current lease is set to expire. This period allows both you and the landlord... View More

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Q: Do we have to pay a full months rent if asked to leave early ?

We have a month to month lease. landlord is having us vacate on April 25th but also have new place and our move in date is the April 15th. Could we just advise we are moving out a sooner date and only pay up until then? The lease is more of a signed handshake deal. We never went through a township... View More

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answered on Mar 31, 2024

In a month-to-month lease, you typically pay rent for the entire month, regardless of which day you move out. However, given your situation, you have a few options:

1. Negotiate with your landlord: Explain your situation to your landlord and ask if they would be willing to prorate your rent...
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Q: PA Landlord not renewing/have recovery of real prop hearing soon, amt on notice 3x's $ owe. how much time after hearing

I heard i can file a superseadas to stay in prop, and I can't afford 3x's rent to file that, my income dropped from 65k to 30k if that. the prothonatary won't give instructions to fill out, nor will the court office clerks. What steps and rights do i have?

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answered on Mar 31, 2024

I understand you're facing a challenging situation with your landlord not renewing your lease and a pending hearing for recovery of the property. Here are some key points and suggestions:

1. Supersedeas: You mentioned filing a supersedeas to stay on the property. In PA, a supersedeas...
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