Most states have a process, usually the General District Court ( lowest court) has a step by step process, perhaps a small filing fee.
Check your county court web site or call a PA landlord tenant attorney -many offer free consultations for the first 20 or 30 minutes.
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In Dauphin County, contact the Prothonotary's Office in the courthouse. They may be able to assist. If not, open a simple savings account at your bank. Put the escrow payments into a account without any other funds in it. Do not commingle these escrow monies with other accounts. If required later, you may have the bank certify the amount in the account and when the individual payments were deposited. This is to show you were being compliant with the PA Landlord Tenant Law.
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I believe that one can only set up a rent escrow in Philadelphia County ( and possibly Allegheny County). It sounds like most of your issues are in the past and that the only current issue is one window. That's not going to be enough to get you any sympathy with a judge if the LL tries to evict. While you may have a valid claim for rent abatement in prior months, setting up an escrow today is not the solution. You need to either get your LL to find a local handyman to do work in the house, or work out a deal with you.
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