Clifford L. Tuttle Jr.’s Answers

Clifford L. Tuttle Jr.

Pittsburgh Landlord / Tenant Lawyer.

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  1. Can a landlord change the locks and refuse to let you in before you finished moving and cleaning?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Clifford L. Tuttle Jr.
    2. Noah Paul Fardo
    2 lawyer answers

    It depends upon the amount of the security deposit withheld and the value of the items still in the apartment. Send a letter to the landlord demanding the return of the items in the apartment that you want back -- list as many as you can and state the approximate value. Make sure that your current address is on the letter and envelope. Send once certified and one regular mail with a Postal Service certificate of mailing. Wait for the list of damages from the landlord. If it contains...

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  2. Question concerning a mortgage note

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Clifford L. Tuttle Jr.
    2. Paul Stephen Johnson
    2 lawyer answers

    It sounds as though the sellers did not convey title, but kept title as security and he signed a promissory note for the purchase price. This situation is similar to a land contract, which can bring about a lot of trouble for either party. In the case of the buyer, there is a danger that the property will be liened, possibly for a debt that has nothing to do with the property. Your son should want to get title as soon as possible. But don't forget to search the title before concluding the...

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  3. What do i do if im living with someone and they take your stuff and sell it to a pawn shop?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Clifford L. Tuttle Jr.
    2. Andrew Daniel Myers
    2 lawyer answers

    The police are likely to tell you that it is a domestic matter. You can sue her for conversion. If the value of the goods converted is under $8,000, you can bring it at the magistrate's office. If it is over $8,000 in value, you must bring it in Common Pleas Court. I recommend that you hire a lawyer, since this matter is likely to be a screaming match if you don't have a buffer between the two of you. Your personal involvement will get the better of you. Clifford L Tuttle, Jr...

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  4. My landlord is trying to raise my rent $45.00, I signed a lease in April 2011 for one year. Is he allowed to do this?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Clifford L. Tuttle Jr.
    2. James S. Tupitza
    2 lawyer answers

    I think you mean that you signed the lease in April this year. Unless the lease has some unusual provision (which I think you would know about) the LL is bound by the terms of the lease. If he returns the check, be sure to tender payment of the correct amount every month, with proof that you attempted to pay. Write a letter, send it certified, stating your position. Clifford L Tuttle, Jr Attorney at Law Pittsburgh, PA

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  5. If a house is sold at a judicial sale does the current owner have any recourse? this is in Venango county, PA

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Clifford L. Tuttle Jr.
    2. James S. Tupitza
    2 lawyer answers

    If you are asking whether the "mortgage company" has liability to her, the mere fact that she "thought" that the taxes were being paid from an escrow fund is not going to be enough. Do the documents she has from closing indicate that an escrow was established to pay taxes? Did she pay the required amount into escrow? How long ago was the sale? If it was last September, it is too late to appeal. However, if it was a special sale, held recently, an appeal may be possible. I agree, she...

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  6. Do I need a real estate attorney?

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Clifford L. Tuttle Jr.
    2. James S. Tupitza
    3. Eric Eugene Shore
    3 lawyer answers

    You need to be represented personally to protect your interests in this matter. Even if your siblings have counsel, you have a potential conflict of interest and what they do could harm you. Clifford L. Tuttle, Jr Attorney at Law 412-561-6303

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  7. Can a landlord restrict the number of people living in a house that is for rent if the tenant will pay for ALL utilities?

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Clifford L. Tuttle Jr.
    2. Angel Mae T Webby Esq.
    2 lawyer answers

    Yes the landlord can restrict number of tenants by putting the restriction in the lease. I think you may be well served to find another place to rent. If you force your way it will only buy you more trouble.

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  8. What to do illegal lockout ?

    Answered 3 days ago.

    1. Clifford L. Tuttle Jr.
    2. Nellie T. Schulz
    3. Shawn B Alexander
    3 lawyer answers

    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. Clifford L Tuttle, Jr.

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  9. Can tenant refuse to give the owner the keys to the building

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Clifford L. Tuttle Jr.
    2. Mark Copoulos
    2 lawyer answers

    You could hire a locksmith and drill and change the locks. Do it before 7 AM to avoid a confrontation. Then make extra keys and give one to the tenant. Clifford L. Tuttle, Jr. Attorney at Law Pittsburgh, PA

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  10. Can my landlord can charge me for a listing fee w/ a real estate agent?

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Clifford L. Tuttle Jr.
    1 lawyer answer

    Not if the lease doesn't provide for it. But even if there is a provision, it shouldn't apply here because you are paying the last month's rent. Unfortunately, you cannot force your landlord to pay the security deposit under the Landlord and Tenant Act until you have moved out, given your forwarding address in writing, 30 days have passed and he has either failed to send you a written explanation of deductions from the security deposit with the balance (if any) or sent you a written...

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