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Q: I have someone living in my house and they are 2 months behind in rent. If we never wrote a lease what do I do

She refused to leave

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Aug 6, 2019

Send them an eviction notice. Once they have received the eviction notice you can file a complaint for possession and rent at your local magistrate.

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Q: I have property in Pike County Pa that I am trying to sell on Ebay. If it is sold, how do I transfer the deed?

1.1 acres of land in Masthope. Taxes and dues will be paid up to date, in full by me.

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Aug 6, 2019

Contact an attorney in Pike County. He can assist you in preparing a deed to transfer the property.

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Q: House closed on July 22. 2 days ago, the basement flooded, foundation cracks were found estimating 15000 any recourse?

There was nothing disclosed by seller. I had 2 inspections.

Cost of repair is 15,000, not 1500.

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Aug 6, 2019

There could be recourse however it may cost you more than $1500 to get your recourse.

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Q: Seller did not remove a swing set. It was not included/excluded in the AOS. Buyer wants it gone.Who pays to remove?
Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Aug 4, 2019

That should've been resolved at closing . . . because Buyer did a final walk-through the morning of closing, noticed it, and brought it up at closing.

If not, that's egg on the Buyer's face, and I think the item belongs to Buyer now -- esp. if it's affixed to the ground. I say it's...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Land Use & Zoning for Pennsylvania on
Q: Do sidewalks in an HOA community, with main streets dedicated to the township, need to be ADA compliant?

I live in an HOA community where main streets are owned by the Township. I am responsible for maintaining the sidewalk in front of my property. Between the sidewalk and the street is a 4' strip of grass considered common area where the developer planted street trees. These trees are 15+ yrs old and... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Aug 3, 2019

Yes you need to comply with the ADA

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Q: Filled for bankruptcy on April 42019 only to discover recently that the bank took my house at sheriff sale on April 5
Nellie T Schulz
Nellie T Schulz answered on Aug 2, 2019

Your question should be redirected to the Bankrupty category.

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Q: The deeds and property histories say that i own a house. The improperly placed lot lines say i dont own a house.

My nieghbors lot description has errors in it. These errors caused the surveyors to make inaccurate maps. The private neighborhood association wont let me onto my property to survey it properly. The people living in my house also sent my surveyor hiking. The local police refused to look at my... Read more »

Nellie T Schulz
Nellie T Schulz answered on Jul 31, 2019

If you are facing a criminal trespass charge, you need to consult with a criminal defense attorney immediately and/or get a court appointed criminal defense attorney. You should change the category of your question to "Criminal Law."

Once the criminal action is taken care of, you should...
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Q: My fathers estate was settled after two years. We subsequently received a bill. Are the heirs liable to pay?

The estate was published in two papers. There is no documentation from the creditor. The cost was apparently a handshake agreement for some landscaping work worth about 15000 dollars

Nellie T Schulz
Nellie T Schulz answered on Jul 31, 2019

You should change the category of your question to Estate Law and/or Litigation. This is not really a real estate question.

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Q: does a realtor have to display a "SOLD" sign on a property and for how long if so
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 29, 2019

No requirement they do that.

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Q: My fathers estate was settled after two years and we then had a bill submitted against the estate. Must the heirs pay?
Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Jul 22, 2019

did you publish the estate in two news papers? I need to know more about the bill.

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Q: Where can i find basic landlord rights for a one apartment dwelling in PA?

I'm taking over as landlord for my mom who is elderly and I need to know my rights as a landlord, what's expected of me legally. For e.g. how long do I have legally for repairs ... her tenant is demanding that I repaint the entire apartment because she is stating by law it has to be done every... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Jul 21, 2019

This link will give you an overview. https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/overview-landlord-tenant-laws-pennsylvania.html .

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Q: Greetings, I have a small piece of land I can't get rid of. What are the consequences of unpaid taxes on the property?

I've tried to donate it and even contacted the neighbors on both sides of the lot and nobody wants it since they'd have to pay taxes on it. I'd rather not be delinquent, but what options do I have to get rid of the property?

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Jul 17, 2019

The taxing body can sheriff sale the property for the taxes. If you cannot donate it or give it away there isn't much you can do. How much are the taxes?

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Q: How to sell land with squatters

My 2 sisters and I inherited 6.5 acres of worthless hilly property in PA over 2 decades ago. Relatives adjacent to the property have, over time, slowly moved cars and their property onto ours. They are not convinced, even with survey, that the property is ours. How would you proceed to sell such a... Read more »

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Jul 16, 2019

Contact an attorney in that Pennsylvania county (or at least fairly close by) to deal with it.

In the meantime, send your relatives/neighbors a certified letter granting them an "easement" to temporarily use your land and store their personal property upon it. That should toll the...
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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: How to get out of closing of a new house?

My husband & I signed a purchase agreement for a new house. The construction will begin now. During the closing which will happen in November, Is there a chance to get out of it just for me? What are the circumstances that I might face?

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Jul 12, 2019

You need to review the purchase agreement to determine what your rights are. The agreement should state what your legal obligations are.

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: if I have a judgement against me can I arrange a payment plan, do i file with the court or the plaintiffs attorney?

$10,000 judgement against me for leaving a lease early. It was due to me being hit by a car, out of work, couldn't afford my rent. Then I was stuck in a snowstorm couldn't make it to court they entered a judgement against me even though I requested a continuance.

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Jul 9, 2019

Contact the plaintiffs attorney and make arrangements to resolve this.

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Q: My neighbor built a fence without a permit and it is 5.5 ft on my property.

I sent him a registered letter with a copy of the Survey that i paid for, and a date for moving the fence. I provided 6 months of time before the date i asked for the fence to be moved. The neighbor did not get a permit or a survey prior to the installation of the fence. What recourse do i have... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Jun 19, 2019

File an action in trespass at your local magistrates office.

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Q: If a house is owned by 3 brothers and only 2 want to sell, is there a legal right for force the 1 brother to sell?
Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Jun 19, 2019

Yes. The two brothers that want to sell the property can file an action in court requesting a "sale in lieu of partition." That asks the court to order a sale -- and the court will ultimately do it. This forces the lone hold-out to either buy out his two brothers' interest in the property or... Read more »

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Q: I no longer wish to sell my house but the closing is in five days. What can legally happen to me?
Vincent Gallo
Vincent Gallo answered on Jun 16, 2019

The purchaser could possibly elect to bring an action for specific performance so as to force you to sell the real estate to the purchaser. Alternatively, the purchaser could possibly ask for money to let you out of the deal, or lastly, the purchaser could ask for the deposit monies back and walk... Read more »

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Q: FSBO Home seller looking to understand role and cost for real estate attorney to complete home sale in Mt. Lebanon, PA
Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Jun 14, 2019

Please feel free to give me a call. Completing a home sale depends upon the transaction and the work needed to be done. My office number is 412-391-7135.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: If you purchased a mobile home on a sales agreement and that agreement has been paid infull and no title
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 14, 2019

If the entire debt has been paid--including any late fees--The seller is required to give you a title.

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