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Q: No written or oral lease, can landlord withhold deposit after told him we're moving out, what are my options (see below)

My lease ended May 2021 and my landlord never gave us a new one after I told him I want to renew, he never communicated to me about it, I just continued paying monthly rent, in July, we had a major thunderstorm that destroyed the roof and caused major water damage in the unit, it took over a week... Read more »

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Q: Must a security deposit be returned if tenant gives 13 day notice to move?

The tenants live in Cambria County, PA and the verbal month to month lease commenced on May 1, 2021

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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: Hi and thanks for your time. My lease is renewing and I was wondering about the rent increase?

The lease states "Automatic renewal will not change the terms of this lease except the rent for each lease renewal term is increased to market rent 5%". Does this mean a 5% increase?

The lease automatically renews if neither party ends the lease. Looking online at sample lease... Read more »

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Q: Apt. In Senior housing building has leaks in ceiling on and off going 3 years. How do we get professional contractor

Housing Authority Building Maintenance has continually “fixed” the problem but after 3 years, shouldn’t they hire professionals? Tenant is deaf with extreme vision impairment (my sister). She has lived in wet condition more often than not. Building gone through 3/4 management with same... Read more »

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Q: Is it legal in the state of Pennsylvania for a tenant to evict another tenant with a hand written note?

The handwritten notice was not notarized nor was it filed through local magistrate court.

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Q: My apartment complex is adding additional fees and refusing to provide reason. Do I have to pay?

My monthly rent is about $1,400 per-month. This month, they added a $150.00 amenity fee. I paid $300.00 for amenities upon move in and have never received one of these on my rent statements since, and have only lived here three months. In addition, I have not used any of the amenities. I have... Read more »

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Q: Notice of Intent to Take Default is dated December 21,2021. When does ten days start? Does it end on the 31st? Or 3d

How does the holiday affect the dates? Would the last day be 30 or 31st? Depending on FIRST day counted.

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Q: Landlord appealed judgement for security deposit. Now what?

Filed a civil complaint with the Magistrate's office for return of security deposit. Judgement was ruled in my favor then the landlord appealed. I know I have to file with the County Court office but I don't know what to file and the Prothonotary's office is unable to guide me in... 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.

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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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Q: I rent and the tenants above me have been smoking indoors. The smoke odor is coming in to my apartment through the vents

I have reached out multiple times to the leasing office, but they have not helped. It's becoming unlivable for me - giving me a constant headache - and the smell is seeping into my furniture and clothes. What can I do?

Mark Scoblionko
Mark Scoblionko answered on Jul 15, 2021

Your best bet is probably to move at the end of your lease. If your lease goes for an extended period, see if the landlord will allow you to leave early without a penalty.

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Q: I rent a apartment inside my landlords home. It is a private 2nd floor full 2 bedroom apartment with a private entrance

Several times I have found her at the top of the steps outside my door listening to conversations when I have company. She has also brought up many things that she should not know about but has learned from eavesdropping. I live in PA. What can I do?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 16, 2021

Not much other than to say she has to understand that for you to feel comfortable staying there she has to not be listening in. At the same time, don't have conversations of any private nature in the room where the door to the hallway is, or drape an elegant curtain over that door with an... Read more »

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Q: I am a landlord and don't want to renew my tenant's lease, what steps do I take?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 2, 2021

You look at the lease. It will normally have a paragraph about how you will notify the tennant if you are not renewing the lease.

You can deliver them a letter stating that the choice has been made not to renew. You would want to do this 30 days before the lease is up, and that you are...
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