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Stephen James Antwine

West Chester Immigration Attorney.

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  1. Who would I contact I'm in PA, My apartment manager has been catering to and even hiding fraud committed by tenants on sec.8 ...

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Stephen James Antwine
    2. Aaron Scott Hill
    3. Cheryl Rivera Smith
    3 lawyer answers

    If you have concerns about your safety, you should contact the police. By contacting the police, you will also be able to make an independent record of any inappropriate activity by your neighbors and fellow tenants. I agree that any further complaints about tenants who receive Section 8 should be addressed with the local housing authority.

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  2. Who do you talk to about damages a tenant does?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Stephen James Antwine
    2. Matthew Louis Solomon
    2 lawyer answers

    I agree with the first answer--you may sue the tenant in small claims court for the damages. You should be prepared to present evidence of the damage and explain the amount needed to repair the damage. You may contact your local Magisterial District Court and get forms to complete yourself, or you can hire an attorney to assist you.

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  3. Can a landlord order his tenants to leave after he has recieved rent money and keep their security deposit .

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Stephen James Antwine
    2. Matthew Louis Solomon
    3. Michael Drew Raisman
    3 lawyer answers

    A landlord is required to seek an eviction in court to have a tenant removed. The landlord must provide notice that the tenant has breached his or her lease. After proper notice has been given, the landlord can file an eviction action with the Magisterial District Justice who will set the matter for a hearing. A tenant will be notified of the hearing date and be given an opportunity to present his or her side of the argument to the District Justice.

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  4. I signed a lease before looking @ the apartment. I saw the apt. the furnace was red tagged & its very cold in there

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Stewart C Crawford Jr.
    2. Stephen James Antwine
    3. William Ray Pelger
    4. Mark Copoulos
    4 lawyer answers

    You should advise your landlord of these problems in writing and provide a reasonable amount of time for her to correct the problems. If the landlord is presented with notice of conditions problems in a rental unit and fails to take corrective action, the landlord has breached her duty to a tenant. A tenant then has several options, including: (1) terminating the lease immediately or within a reasonable time of the notice; (2) fixing the problem in a reasonable manner, deducting the cost of the...

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  5. How long does it normally take to obtain a US immigrant visa?I am a Filipino married to an American we do have a baby,11mos old

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. F. J. Capriotti III
    2. John K Lassen
    3. Giacomo Jacques Behar
    4. Stephen James Antwine
    4 lawyer answers

    I agree with the answers posted by my colleagues--12-14 months.

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  6. Landlord isn't providing a safe dwelling under Section 8. what are the fines for stalking and harassment from another tenant?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Stephen James Antwine
    1 lawyer answer

    You should not hesitate to call the police if you feel threatened by the other tenant. If the landlord attempts to evict you during the lease term for calling the police, you may have a defense to the eviction. You should contact your local Legal Aid office for assistance if you are served with eviction paperwork.

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  7. Can my landlord be held responsible for neglecting our complaints/repair requests?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Jacob Ryan Lauser
    2. Stephen James Antwine
    3. Michael Anthony Cataldo
    3 lawyer answers

    In Pennsylvania, every landlord has an obligation to provide reasonable housing conditions for any tenant who occupies rental property. If the landlord fails to maintain the property, a tenant must notify the landlord of the problems in writing and allow a reasonable time for the landlord to fix them. If they are not fixed, the tenant has the right to make the repairs themselves and deduct a reasonable amount from the rent or terminate the lease immediately. It seems that you terminated the...

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  8. Can I sue my land lord?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Stephen James Antwine
    1 lawyer answer

    In Pennsylvania, a landlord must serve a notice to quit on a tenant 10 days prior to filing court paperwork (complaint) for failure to pay rent and 15 days prior to filing court paperwork for violations of other lease conditions. The notice to quit requirements can be altered by your lease, so you should review the terms of your lease carefully.

  9. Can we sue our landlord for mental stress?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Robert K. S. Abernathy
    2. Stephen James Antwine
    2 lawyer answers

    You should advise your landlord of these problems in writing and provide a reasonable amount of time for him to correct the problems. If the landlord is presented with notice of conditions problems in a rental unit and fails to take corrective action, the landlord has breached his duty to a tenant. A tenant then has several options, including: (1) terminating the lease immediately or within a reasonable time of the notice; (2) fixing the problem in a reasonable manner, deducting the cost of...

  10. Can me and my fiancee sue our landlord?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Stephen James Antwine
    1 lawyer answer

    This can be a very difficult situation, and I encourage you to consult an attorney about the specific facts of your case. That said, in Pennsylvania, every landlord has an obligation to provide reasonable housing conditions for any tenant who occupies rental property. Premises must be “fit for habitation by its dwellers . . . safe and sanitary . . .” Pugh v. Holmes, 253 Pa.Super 87 (1979). When a tenant believes that the rental property is not suitable, he or she must provide notice to the...