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  • My sister said she disowned me. I have her stuff stored in my attic.Possession is 9/10th of the law. Is that stuff legally mine?

    I was nice enough to let my sister store her stuff in my attic about 6 years ago. She said she would get it moved as soon as she could back then. She then went to take advantage of my attic and just left it store there for 6 years. She recently fe...

    Clifford’s Answer

    Grow up.
    When your sister says she disowns you, she is literally saying that you are being cut out of her will. She'll get over it and I bet you will too.

    However, if you must, send your sister a certified letter requesting that she make arrangement to remove her possessions from your attic. If you throw things away or sell them you may be liable to her in the end.

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  • Is it legal for a landlord to ask tenants for their race and nationality?

    Our landlord left us a form to fill out asking for our race and nationality.

    Clifford’s Answer

    Absolutely not. This landlord is begging to be investigated by HUD, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission or the Pennsylvania Attorney General for a violation of the federal Fair Housing Act and Pennsylvania statutes as well.

    Perhaps the landlord is merely inexperienced. But that condition probably won't continue for long.

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    Pittsburgh, PA

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  • What to do illegal lockout ?

    signed an agreement with my landlord telling him when I would be out of property. Then my husband passed away and I needed more time to find something else for my children and I . The landlords attorney called sherriff to have me removed because o...

    Clifford’s Answer

    At this point, you need to get an injunction. You'll need a lawyer to do it. You can only be evicted after a proper landlord-tenant action.

    Does your County have a pro-bono program that provides free or reduced fee services in worthy cases? Ask the Bar Association.

    In the long run, you may be able to get damages, including attorneys fees for the actions of your landlord. But that could take two years or more to resolve.

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  • My fiance (ex now) and I submitted an offer on a house, then we broke up, can we get our earnest deposit back?

    We submitted $1000 in earnest deposit along with the offer, then, we split up. Can we get our $1000 back?

    Clifford’s Answer

    Maybe. You need to talk to your agent if you trust her, or a lawyer if you don't. The specific terms of Agreement of sale will determine the answer. You need a strategy. Otherwise, the listing agent may be only too happy to declare you in default, since she would get part of the hand money as a commission.

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    Pittsburgh, PA

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  • My landlord has not returned my security deposit and its more than 30 days

    I moved from my place and told my landlord I would be back to vacuum and remove the recliner and bookshelf to the garbage later that day. He told me dont worry about it he will take care of it. Its been 45 days and he said he is waiting for bills ...

    Clifford’s Answer

    Did you give him your forwarding address in writing?
    If so, and he has not sent you a written list of damages, you will be able to sue him at the Magistrate's Court for Double your security deposit.

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    Pittsburgh, PA

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  • Am I allowed to deducted the cost of a furnace from my rent?

    I contacted landlord about furnace, informed him my husband could fix it. He agreed to reimburse, however to date has not paid us yet. We only charged him for the supplies no labor and provided him with the receipt Are we allowed to just deduc...

    Clifford’s Answer

    Yes, you may deduct the labor and materials for a furnace repair, especially when the landlord asks you to do the repair. However, as noted above, the landlord may try to evict you. An experienced lawyer could win such a case for you, however.

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  • Can my ex girlfriend, who's name is on the deed of the house I live in, prevent my current girlfriend from living with me?

    Both my name and my ex girlfriends name is on the deed of the house I live in. Mortgage is in my name. I am in the process of getting her name off the deed. I have her the agreed amount of cash to get her name off and all I have left to do is pay ...

    Clifford’s Answer

    If you don't have a written agreement, she could change her mind. Moreover, even if you do have a written agreement, it will probably cost you more than you are willing to spend in order to enforce it in court. And even if you have a written agreement, it might not be enforceable if it is poorly written or contains contingencies that must be met. You had better move quickly before the cat gets out of the bag.

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  • What are my legal rights if there is mold, roaches and filthy conditions in my hotel room? Thank you very much.

    I just booked a room/airfare with Travelocity. Upon reading the reviews I am scared to death to stay there. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis (a systemic disease) and am allergic to mold. If I get sick I could end up in the hospital because of the biolo...

    Clifford’s Answer

    It doesn't hurt to ask Travelocity. They may have rules that would permit you to cancel. However, they may also tell you that the reviews are wrong.

    This kind of problem is not addressed by the Landlord & Tenant Act. I do not know of any legal protection which would enable you to protect yourself in advance from reported mold, roaches or the like. Perhaps you woulds have a remedy if you stayed there and incurred damages, but since you have been warned, you may be assuming the risk.

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    Pittsburgh, PA

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  • My landlord is demanding that I get my car fixed before spring next month. I don't have the money so can I use the rent money

    since the landlord is demanding that I do something immediately and is telling me how to live . it is their requirement to pay for the lifestyle they are commanding me to do.

    Clifford’s Answer

    I can only assume he wants you to fix a loud muffler that is bothering others in the parking lot. Where did you get the idea that you could deduct car repairs from rent? Of course, the landlord cannot direct you to do something that is not justified somewhere in the lease. If he tries to evict you, it may be for excessive noise. If you can't afford to fix the problem, perhaps you can park it somewhere else. Not the best solution, but it beats fighting an eviction.

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  • Can I terminate my lease due to being uninhabitable?

    I have a leak that has spread over the past month due to a leak in the roof. I requested it to be fixed when i first noticed it last September, it is not February. In addition to that, I haven't had running water at all in my apartment for 4 days ...

    Clifford’s Answer

    Based upon the facts you gave, the probability is very good. However, be aware that your landlord may sue you anyway, so you must be prepared to defend yourself in court. Make sure you have lots of pictures.

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    Pittsburgh, PA

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