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  • What happens if a Pennsylvania landlord ignores all letters of demand and court date summons, to get deposit & last month rent?

    It is now 37 days after I moved out. No letter, no receipt of certified mailed letter being sent out that landlord insisted I would get. I have sent a letter of demand to her home and work. How long can she ignore this? and I will be suing in sm...

    Harper’s Answer

    Great answers so far.
    Also see if this landlord has done this to others.
    There may be a consumer protection issue.

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  • What do I do about my landlord blaming me for bed bug's?

    We found a bug in the apartment landlord said he'd take care of it after everything was done he billed me for the full amount for the extermination. What can I do to not have to pay this?

    Harper’s Answer

    Be very careful about fighting with the landlord. If you do not have proof, he or she might try to evict you. Handle this delicately.

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  • How legally binding in PA is the disclosure statement filled out by seller?

    If a seller makes a false statement on the disclosure and it can be proven that he had to have known the true condition of the wiring and had made attempts to cover up the condition, what can be done? Is the disclosure statement legally binding? ...

    Harper’s Answer

    If you have concrete evidence that the seller fraudulently induced you into the transaction, and the defect was serious, you absolutely have a claim in civil court. This should be brought within two years. The Seller Disclosure Law is serious business and certainly not something to be disregarded by unscrupulous sellers. http://www.hjdlaw.net

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  • Can a landlord charge me for flushing tampons down a toilet which apparently caused a clog?

    I recently had a problem where when I flushed my toilet, gross stuff would come up from my toilet and sink. Maintenance came and fixed it saying there was a clog and 4 tampons were removed. I am being charged on the grounds that I violated the fol...

    Harper’s Answer

    Your landlord is reaching here. You have breached the lease and you are clearly not responsible for pre-existing issues.

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  • Can a landlord make a tenant pay half for a new front door and the old one has holes in it?

    We have been living in the same apartment for 6years the front door is old and has holes. We need a new door our landlord wants us to pay half for the door.

    Harper’s Answer

    This is a bit trickier because you have been there for quite some time. If you have proof the door was in poor condition years ago, then you are pretty good footing to argue that you did not nothing which caused the door to age inconsistently with reasonable wear and tear. Otherwise, and as I suspect, you should not be responsible and should make that clear to your landlord.

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  • My husband and I plan to sell our home to our daughter. should we use r e lawyer or a title company for the sale

    should my husband and i use a real estate lawyer to sell our home to our daughter or a title company

    Harper’s Answer

    As an attorney and owner of a title agency, I would say this depends upon whether your daughter wants to obtain title insurance on the transfer. If so, the title company will also prepare the deed. If she does not wish to obtain insurance, then an attorney would be advisable. As to you, in terms of representation, unless there's a specific issue in need of resolution prior to the transfer (an old judgment. lien, etc.), you probably do not need an attorney. Of course obtaining legal counsel, if not merely to ensure the conveyance is handled precisely, is a highly personal decision.

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  • I need advice on landlord/tenant

    i am renting a house in pa. recently we had an electrical fire in the garage and were unable to stay in the home until the electric was fixed. we didnt have anywhere to stay so we had to stay in a motel. our landlord told us we still had to pay ...

    Harper’s Answer

    This depends upon how the fire started. Assuming the wiring is faulty, which is the responsibility of the landlord, you can deduct a reasonable amount. If the garage is separate from the house, it will be difficult to argue you were forced to stay in a motel temporarily. However, if the home was uninhabitable for an interval of time, you should withhold something and place that into escrow. As far as hotel is concerned, be sure to hold onto to all receipts. Also, assuming a court agrees you were forced out, the accommodations must be reasonable. Finally, the lease, which of course is the pertinent contract, will control.

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  • Does a landlord in Philadelphia have a legal responsibility to take care of mice infestation?

    I am renting in University City. I have remained in the same apartment for almost 2 years. When I initially moved in, I complained to my landlord that there were mice in the apartment. He told me that there was no point in hiring an exterminator b...

    Harper’s Answer

    There is an implied warranty of habitability. The Landlord has an obligation to remedy the rodent infestation.

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  • Is a landlord allowed to constantly call me and enter my rental unit when my rent is late

    can landlord call at my home because of my arrears entering my home to which i turned around and a big man was there so 2 men threatening to kill me and partner then took my dog after following me to my grans threatening her is this legal

    Harper’s Answer

    Clearly the landlord has overstepped, arguably to the point of engaging in criminal conduct. You should file a police report immediately and consider filing charges with the District Attorney.

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  • What can my landlord do about a noisy neighbor. cops and landlord are continuiously called and neighbor is still very loud.

    my neighbors started a band in apartment. Landlord made them end band and as retailation neighbor blasts music at all hours, day and night. I have personally addressed this with neighbors, wrote a letter to them about my noise complaints, cops h...

    Harper’s Answer

    It is quite likely the noisy tenants are violating the terms of their lease, which would be a basis for the landlord to evict them. Clearly she is afraid of losing the additional income. If she has other units, I would request that she relocate one of you. If not, I would negotiate to get out of the lease, with a credit for enduring the agony of living next to these people. The implied warranty of habitability is being violated.

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