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Michael Ian Werner

Michael Werner’s Answers

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  • 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?

    I am interested in selling my former home which I current rent to a couple who have been there for several years. They have expressed an interest in buying but do not qualify for anywhere near my asking price (the sale price is backed by local 'co...

    Michael’s Answer

    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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  • Who owns the buildings?

    I had entered into a lease with an organization in 2001. The lease says they would be leasing "a kennel building and 1 acre of land" from me. There was an existing kennel building I owned on my property at the time the lease was signed. In...

    Michael’s Answer

    I strongly recommend contacting a local Real Estate Attorney.

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  • Landlord tenant have a hearing received notice to quit $1400 left the property. Now being sued for $2100. Security deposit $380.

    Sued for back rent and cleaning fees. Reasons were raccoons in roof. I was also paying the water bill for the coin operated washing machine down stairs. Took the back rent & moved now being sued

    Michael’s Answer

    It is not clear from your question if you are the Landlord or the Tenant . It also is not clear what your question is. Please clarify the facts and I am sure someone will attempt to answer you.

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  • I'm benificary and only child on moms will,on house deed it says the grantee and her heirs and assigns.am I the heir?

    Don't understand what is meant by her heirs and assigns

    Michael’s Answer

    Its not clear from your question if your mother is still alive or not. As my Estates and Trusts professor loved to say, "A living man has no heirs". What he meant was, heirs are determined once someone has died. Until then, they have a legal right (with very few restrictions) to designate any beneficiaries they want. The determination of whether or not you are your mother's heir is academic without knowing the context of why you are trying to determine this.

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  • Judge ruled against tenant even though landlord did not have pictures of damages? how can that be fair I lost security dep lost

    Landlord had other pictures and also when lawyer introduced himself he said his father was before the judge several occassions

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    I'm sorry, but without reviewing the full record of your court proceeding, it is not possible to answer your question.

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  • Was evicted about 8 years ago in Pa, I cant find records of the eviction. Will this show up in a rental check from West Coast?

    I am a Disabled Vet with PTSD. I regret the eviction and can find no record of it online. Will an out of State rental check turn this up where I cant?

    Michael’s Answer

    Probably not, but it will depend on how sophisticated of a search is conducted. For your own reference, try looking up your case on this website:
    http://ujsportal.pacourts.us/DocketSheets/MDJ.aspx

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  • How can I get my deposit money back after a judge ruled in my favor.

    A small claims court judge ordered my x landlord to return my deposit. It's been over 45 days since we went to court and I still haven't received it.

    Michael’s Answer

    You need to go to the Court House and speak with someone in the Prothonotary's office or hire a local Landlord Tenant Lawyer.

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  • Water company is attempting to collect from landlord on a former tenants unpaid bill where they are living now (not my property)

    water bill at property being paid by current tenant. got a letter from water company that former tenant has unpaid bill at their new location & they want me to pay how is this possible?

    Michael’s Answer

    This sounds like a mistake on the part of the water company. You should give them a call and explain the situation. From what you have described, you should have no liability for the former tenant's new water bills.

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  • We have rented our house for over 10 years. Per the lease, we've paid all utilities plus maintained all appliances EXCEPT.......

    the heater which has always been a problem. Our new lease reads the same except that we are now responsible for maintaining and repairing the heater. Our landlord did not notify us of this change. What are our options? We have not yet signed the l...

    Michael’s Answer

    You can either sign the new lease or not. If you sign it, you are responsible for maintaining the heater as provided int eh new lease. Before deciding not to sign it, you should carefully read your old lease. By not signing the new lease, you may be considered a "holdover tenant" and your landlord may be permitted to begin an eviction action.

    If your course of action is not clear after a careful review of both leases, you should seek the advice of a local Landlord Tenant Lawyer.

    Good luck.

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  • What is a short certificate

    I have a rental property. The tenant died while owing 3 months rent. Daughter wants access to apt. Without paying back rent, to get valuables, checkbook etc. she says she got a short certificate which gives her access to apt. Do I have any recours...

    Michael’s Answer

    Yes, you should give her access to the property. To collect on the unpaid rent, you can file a Landlord-Tenant action before your local Magisterial District Judge, file a claim against the Estate, or both.

    Good luck.

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