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Michael Ian Werner

Michael Werner’s Answers

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  • What are my rights concerning paying rent to a landlord that has treated my apartment twice in almost 4 yrs?

    I've been in my apartment for over 3 and a half yrs. In all this time I've had bed bugs and told my landlord about this ongoing problem 4 times, the latest being last week when he asked me about rent payment. I also have a roach problem that start...

    Michael’s Answer

    I agree with the first answer. Your decision to withhold rent could be viewed as a breach of the lease agreement. I suggest consulting a local Landlord/Tenant attorney.

    Good luck.

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  • Hi I had a question about advertising rental agreements

    I recently just moved into a house. The ad said 795.00 a month plus all utilities. I saved ad. I meant with the property manager she confirmed it. N I put down a deposit of 795.00 .an schedule my move 2 weeks later on the first. As I'm bri...

    Michael’s Answer

    As a general rule, you should always read and sign the lease agreement prior to moving into an apartment. With that being said, your lease sounds like it provides for monthly rent of $795 (payable prior to the first of each month) with a $50 late payment fee. If that is the case, this is "legal".

    Good luck.

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  • Landlord not returning calls

    I have to relocate out of town however my lease is not up. I have found someone who states they meet the income nd credit requirements. They have filled out app and turned it in with the fee. I have left him 4 voicemails with no return call. Today...

    Michael’s Answer

    I agree with the first answer. I addition, make sure you are communicating with the landlord in writing.

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  • Can a landlord evict someone if they are disabled?

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    Michael’s Answer

    A disability does not prohibit a landlord from bringing an eviction action against their tenant. However, a landlord may not evict a tenant because of that disability.

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  • Kicked out

    I live with my sister in a 3 bedroom apartment. She pays $625 a month to her landlord. But she charges me $725 a month to rent out one room and I'm not on the lease. Today she put my stuff out on the porch and told me she is keeping my Xbox and my...

    Michael’s Answer

    As a tenant, you have the right to remain in possession of your rental property until or unless a court orders you to vacate. Your sister can not change the locks and kick you out. Explain this to your sister and if she fails to relinquish possession, seek the assistance of a lawyer.

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  • Can my sister cut off the utilities and change the locks after she kicked me out?

    I live in Pittsburgh. Ive payed her rent for 8 months among other things. I'm not on the lease and utilities are in her name. I Will move but need time. Do I have any rights?

    Michael’s Answer

    As a tenant, you have the right to remain in possession of your rental property until or unless a court orders you to vacate. Your sister can not change the locks and kick you out. Explain this to your sister and if she fails to relinquish possession, seek the assistance of a lawyer.

    Good luck.

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  • What is the PA phone number to report my landlord in for not fixing water issue. I haven't had running water for 3.5 days now!

    I talked to them a little bit ago again , they obviously have no intentions in fixing it any time soon , when its gonna cost them money to fix it !

    Michael’s Answer

    There is no single phone number for you to call. You might try the local Housing Authority, the Zoning Enforcement office or even your local water company.

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  • Does my roommate have any legal standing to make me pay more than half the rent?

    my roommate and I are equal tenants in a rental agreement. My boyfriend has been staying over (he is not on the lease). My roommate wants me to pay $725 for our $1405/month rent, while she pays $680/month for the master bedroom/bathroom. Now she ...

    Michael’s Answer

    Read your lease carefully. Most likely you AND your roommate are jointly responsible for the entire rent. That means, if it isn't paid, the landlord may sue one or both of you for the entire amount due.

    If you can't work this out with your roommate, it might be time to find somewhere else to live.

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  • Can I sue my landlord for not abiding by the lease rules and for not doing repairs on time?

    when I called to report noisy neighbors I was told not to call police. Has been going on for years now. I have recordings of noise disturbances. called police several times nothing helps. tried sending emails to hud associates never got a respons...

    Michael’s Answer

    If you feel the need to call the police on your neighbors, then just call the police.

    If you believe repairs need to be made and the landlord is not taking care of them, you should notify him in writing. If they are still being repaired, then you should contact your local Housing Authority and/or Zoning Enforcement office. If that still doesn't work, then you might consider finding a new place to live as that might be easier than filing a legal action against your landlord every time something needs to be fixed.

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  • Apartment Complex stole $80 from us.

    We applied to an apartment complex after they told us they overlook bad credit if you make 3x the rental amount (which we did). We filled out the application which had no income questions on it, and awaited the next step. We each had to pay 40.00 ...

    Michael’s Answer

    You should read the language of your application carefully. If you signed it and agreed that the $80 fee would be non-refundable, then most likely it is non-refundable.

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