Please consult with a local attorney for a review of the lease and your associated rights.
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It would be important to review your lease as well as the timing of the lawsuit and your payment
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If a careful reading of the lease doesn't answer your questions, you consult with a local attorney who is well versed in Landlord Tenant laws and how they are implemented in Philadelphia.
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It depends on what is stated in your lease. You should consult with a Landlord-Tenant attorney to evaluate your possible defenses. My office offers a free consultation, and affordable representation in LT matter such as this in Philadelphia.
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