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Michael Ian Werner

Michael Werner’s Answers

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  • Am I obligated to give landlord key to both locks on my apt. Door.

    I have 2 locks on apt door, my landlord has key to the bottom lock. He wants the key to the top one also. In the lease it says he should have access with notice, and be able to access in emergency.

    Michael’s Answer

    Yes, you are required to provide keys to the apartment to your landlord. With that being said, he is not permitted to enter the apartment any time he wants. Absent an emergency, he must provide you with advance notice pursuant to the terms of your lease.

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  • Trapped between a rock and a hard place... Help me

    In July 2013 I moved in with my best friend and signed a lease for 12 months. Since then we are not friends anymore and she has decided to pay off her rent and move. Which I am fine with; however, the heat/electric that we agreed to split, in the ...

    Michael’s Answer

    Both of you will continue to be responsible for all rental payments and utility payments under your lease.

    Unless your bed was damaged, there is little (if anything) you can do to recover in "small claims court".

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  • My Landlord Just Told me his Son Will Takeover the building I Am renting, and he is going to need my unit so he can live in it?

    Me And My Wife have a 5yr old, and we are renting a two bedroom apt. My landlord just informed me that his son will take over the building but needs my unit to live in, Is this legal? We also dont have any storm ready windows and air seeps in cons...

    Michael’s Answer

    If your landlord is simply not renewing your lease at the end of a Lease Term, then yes, he is permitted to do this. If you still have time on your lease, then no he can not do this.

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  • What happens during eviction proceedings?

    Back in October 2013 My 72 year old grandfather was told they were going to evict him if he wasn't out by December 31st. They then turned around and dropped the eviction and said they were just not going to renew his lease and gave him a time fram...

    Michael’s Answer

    The short answer is, no he will not be thrown out in 8 days and he will not be going to jail. Most likely, the Landlord will file a civil Landlord/Tenant Complaint to begin the eviction process. If he needs more help I suggest he contact a local Landlord/Tenant Lawyer. If he can't afford one try the County's Legal Aid office: www.northpennlegal.org

    Good Luck.

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  • What are the possible reasons why a landlord will not give his tenants a key once they are paid in full?

    a landlord says he only wants to share one key

    Michael’s Answer

    The facts of your case are not entirely clear. It is not possible to determine what stage of the rental process you are presently at. Are you already a tenant and the Landlord has changed the locks but is now withholding the new key? Or, is this the beginning of your tenancy and the Landlord won't let you in?

    Either way, read your lease and see if there is any language in it that addresses this situation. My guess is, there isn't any and the Landlord is acting without any legal authority.

    Good luck.

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  • Can I legally padlock the electrical breaker until my roommate pays me for the electric bill?

    I was away for half the month and my roommate(RM) wants to split the bill 50/50. I refuse to accept that offer because I was not there using the electricity(E) while he was. I called the E company to get the kWh/day and came to a mathematical conc...

    Michael’s Answer

    Try to find another way to deal with this dispute. Padlocking the electrical breaker is simply a bad idea. Nothing good will come of it.

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  • Am I able to sue my roommate?

    My roommate and I signed an one yr lease which will end in May31st. Now she moved out to another place and refused to pay her the rent from March to May. Also she cant find any person to sublet at this moment. I asked my landlord for advice and th...

    Michael’s Answer

    $970 is much more than this should cost. Call the Magisterial District Court back and ask again how much the filing fees are.

    With that being said, read your lease again. Be sure that you and your roommate are both responsible for each other's share of the rent. Most likely you are. But in the event you are not, then let the Landlord deal with your deadbeat roommate.

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  • Can my landlord evict me with only 7 days written notice?

    I denied her and an exterminator access to my apartment because she failed to give me receipts for paying rent

    Michael’s Answer

    This totally depends on the language in your lease agreement. A careful review of your lease will most likely provide you with the answer to your question.

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  • Can I be evicted if I paid what the court ordered, but I still have a balance for February which I told them I will pay Fri.

    The landlord said she will call be back, but I haven't heard a word from her.

    Michael’s Answer

    It is not possible to accurately answer your question without some additional information. I suggest you re-post your question with more details. Some of the questions you should answer in your re-post are:
    1. What exactly did the Court Order say?
    2. Is the balance for February part of the Court Order or an obligation you owe under a lease?
    3. When is February's payment due?
    4. Do you have a written lease agreement and what does it say about evictions?

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  • Do I have the right to have a second opinion on repairs done in our previous house due to damage we caused?

    We moved out of our house on the end of our lease, and asked for an additional week to do the repairs that we had to do to the house, our previous landlord changed the locks. He told us that he will send us a sheet telling us every repair he does ...

    Michael’s Answer

    Unless your lease provides for it, I know of no way for you to get such a "second opinion". If you believe you landlord has overcharged you, you have the right to file a complaint with your local Magisterial District Court. With that being said, I'm not sure if the time commitment and costs involved with such a legal proceeding will be worth your potential recovery.

    Good luck.

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