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Michael Ian Werner

Michael Werner’s Answers

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  • I have a power bill of over $800. My apartment is electric heat. Does landlord pay power bill?

    We constantly need extra heaters going to maintain heat in our apartment good enough for my wife and our 2 kids. There is cold air leaks at most of the windows and seemingly along all walls at the floor. The building itself used to be a hotel and ...

    Michael’s Answer

    Review your lease for your rights and obligations regarding heat. If either the lease is silent or you don't have one, then it is your responsibility to pay for all separately metered utilities.

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  • I waived my notice to quit what does that mean

    i signed A LEASE WAIVING MY NOTICE TO QUIT. WE FELL BEHIND TWO MONTHS RENT. PAPERS WERE ON THE FRONT DOOR. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN

    Michael’s Answer

    Waiving your Notice to Quit, means that the Landlord does not have an obligation to formally notify you of his/her intent to file an Eviction Complaint in court.

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  • Am I responsible for damages without a written lease?

    On the day of move-in I payed first months rent and security. On the day of move out, the landlord inspected the room and said there were no damages and from there we agreed that my last months rent was to be payed with the security deposit, so I...

    Michael’s Answer

    Under an Oral Lease, you are still responsible for the damages that you caused. The landlord's hurdle is going to be proving that the property was damaged when you moved out. Because of your conversations at the end of your lease term, this is going to be a classic "He said, she said" type of case.

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  • I bought a house with an ex girlfriend. Mortgage is in my name only. Deed in both names.Can I stop paying mortgage?

    I don't live in the house anymore. I told her I would pay mortgage for a few months till she figured out what she will do. It's been 8 months and she has not given me anything toward the mortgage like she said she would. Can I stop paying the mor...

    Michael’s Answer

    I recommend that you continue paying on the mortgage until you discuss this in more detail with a local Real Estate Attorney.

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  • Tenant moved to maryland owing two months rent ,500gal.heating oil and damages.how do I collect from him?

    tenant was to be on automatic delivery of oil which was in lease,also had cats.no pets,in lease.

    Michael’s Answer

    The fact that the tenant moved out of state will only matter when it comes time to collect on your award. Start by filing suit at your local Magisterial District Court.

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  • Can a landlord deny housing due to an arrest with no conviction?

    I was recently denied housing because when the landlord ran a criminal history check two charges came up that I still have not been proven guilty for in the court of law. Is this legal for a landlord in Pennsylvania to do? The property is in a sub...

    Michael’s Answer

    I agree with the first two answers. You should call the Housing Authority.

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  • Can a landlord bill a tenant fees when repairs are punitive instead of necessary?

    My steel front door was cosmetically damaged: two gouges to the front. I repaired these gouges, with metal bonding "spackle" and sanding for a smooth, even finish. The result was a smooth service that only needed painting to match the other doors ...

    Michael’s Answer

    First and foremost, you need to review your lease for any language that addresses this situation. If the lease is silent, then the landlord does have the right to make reasonable repairs and bill you for the same.

    If you disagree with the "reasonableness" of these repairs, you can withhold payment. However, if you withhold payment, you are opening yourself up to a potential lawsuit which could result in an eviction.

    I suggest you contact a local Landlord Tenant Lawyer to review this matter in more detail before taking such actions.

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  • A landlord wants to rent out to me but the landlord and his wife do not want to give the tenants that live there their own keys.

    they said it is not possible to make a copy

    Michael’s Answer

    This just sounds odd. I recommend finding a different place to stay.

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