Michael Ian Werner’s Answers

Michael Ian Werner

Pittsburgh Landlord / Tenant Lawyer.

Contributor Level 12
  1. If a landlord never provides you a copy of the lease, can he use it in court?

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Alan James Brinkmeier
    2. Michael Ian Werner
    3. James S. Tupitza
    3 lawyer answers

    If you signed it, he can use it in court.

    1 lawyer agreed with this answer

  2. Can the landlord make us pay his increase in property insurance for the next couple of years in advance due to a flood?

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Scott Leonard Feldman
    2. Michael Ian Werner
    2 lawyer answers

    Carefully review your lease agreement to see if it addresses such situations. If you don;'t have a lease or if the lease you do have is silent on this matter, then you are not responsible for the increase in premiums.

    1 lawyer agreed with this answer

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

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Emily S. Gomez
    2. Michael Ian Werner
    2 lawyer answers

    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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  4. In PA T abandoned (except for a few items). L sued> awarded rent & possession> after appeal period ended L changed lock, future

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Jonathan R. Miller
    2. Michael Ian Werner
    3. Michael Lawrence Doyle
    3 lawyer answers

    I am unable to answer your question due to the way in which you phrased it. Please resubmit this questions in order to obtain proper advice.

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  5. In PA: T abandoned (except for a few items). L sued, awarded rent & possession. After appeal period ended L changed lock,

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Michael Ian Werner
    2. Michael Lawrence Doyle
    3. Christopher Daniel Leroi
    3 lawyer answers

    I am unable to answer your question due to the way in which you phrased it. Please resubmit this questions in order to obtain proper advice.

    1 lawyer agreed with this answer

  6. Am I responsible for damages without a written lease?

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Clifford L. Tuttle Jr.
    2. Matthew Louis Solomon
    3. Michael Ian Werner
    3 lawyer answers

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

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Matthew Louis Solomon
    2. Ryan Michael Davidson
    3. Michael Ian Werner
    3 lawyer answers

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

    1 lawyer agreed with this answer

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

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Ryan Michael Davidson
    2. Michael Ian Werner
    2 lawyer answers

    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...

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  9. How/Can I terminate a lease with a tenant (now on a month-to-month lease) in order to prepare for the sale of the property?

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Matthew Louis Solomon
    2. Ryan Michael Davidson
    3. Michael Ian Werner
    3 lawyer answers

    Follow the terms of your written lease. If there is no written lease, you must provide one (1) full lease term of notice that you intend to terminate the tenancy.

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  10. Who owns the buildings?

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Matthew Louis Solomon
    2. Ryan Michael Davidson
    3. Michael Ian Werner
    3 lawyer answers

    I strongly recommend contacting a local Real Estate Attorney.

    1 lawyer agreed with this answer