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  • A potential home buyers: inspection report

    When selling a house does a potential buyers inspection report, become part of the sellers disclosure, if the deal falls apart.

    Clifford’s Answer

    Absolutely. You must disclose what you know and that is a continuing obligation.

    That is why it makes sense to make a reasonable deal with the buyer you have, rather than terminate. You will have to disclose the information you learn to the next buyer, who may reduce the offer accordingly.

    Clifford L. Tuttle, Jr.
    Attorney at Law
    Pittsburgh, PA

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  • Is there anything I can do about a rent-a-center agreement?

    I went to rent a center for a computer, the retail price they advertised was $1199. I thought that meant that is what it was worth, maybe a little extra for the fact that it's rent to own. Anyways i found out the computer is only worth $300+ used ...

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    In Pennsylvania we have a statute called the Unfair Trade Practices Consumer Protection Law. It was designed to enable consumers to sue businesses for a wide variety of deceptive practices. Because the amount of your damages is small, I suggest you contact the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office. They might file suit under this statute or attempt to settle with the company. You might also call the Better Business Bureau, which also attempts to settle similar cases.

    Clifford L. Tuttle, Jr.
    Attorney at Law
    Pittsburgh, PA

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  • A drilling company trespassed on my property and chopped down 24 of my cherry trees.

    How much am I entitled to?

    Clifford’s Answer

    You need to talk to a forestry consultant. You can probably find one on the internet. They they are able to value trees of different species for harvesting purposes. You may have other trees of value that would increase the amount. Obviously, the value to you may be greater than the present value, since you might have had plans for the future, at a time when the trees would be more valuable. A forester can help you with that too.

    Talk to the company before considering a lawsuit. They may be willing to compensate you immediately. Drillers do damage to farms, roads and other property quite frequently and will pay for it if they think the value quoted is justified.

    If you can't make a deal that satisfies you, call a lawyer who handles real estate litigation.

    Clifford L. Tuttle, Jr.
    Attorney at Law
    Pittsburgh, PA

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  • Do we have to pay a full months rent if we only need 2 weeks to remove items from someones home who has passed away?

    My uncle passed away last month. We are still removing his property from the home he rented. We paid last months rent but the landlord wants a full months rent for June. He says he can't accept a partial months rent because he has taxes to pay. We...

    Clifford’s Answer

    That is the usual practice. Technically, it would be governed by the lease, but it is extremely unlikely that the lease will give the tenant the right to prorate a month's rent. If you are not the executor under his will or administrator of his estate, you should make the executor or administrator aware that rent will be due for the month of June. You may need to consult a lawyer regarding administration of the estate, since there are probably other bills that will be due as well as assets, such as bank accounts.

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    Attorney at Law
    Pittsburgh, PA

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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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    Pittsburgh, PA

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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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    Attorney at Law
    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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    Attorney at Law
    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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  • 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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    Pittsburgh, PA

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