01-18-2018 a letter came in the mail from Philadelphia Municipal Court Landlord-Tenant complaint that I've been sued. I owe January's rent and I'm unsure on how to go about with February's rent. I still have it.
Last year he took me to court for late payment even though I explained to him my medical emergency and he agreed that I could pay him two weeks late. The court was in my favor.
June he sent me a text message telling my the rent will be increased from $1,000 to $1,300 starting in July and I have to pay water.
He refuses to renew lease. I continued paying him $1,000.
August he threaten to kick me and babies out.
September I texted him to P/U rent money. No reply confirming pickup time and he didn't come by. I texted him again no reply.
Midmorning of September 29th landlord parked his truck facing Clementine Street on the corner of Cedar and Clearfield Sts. just staring at me while I was decorating the front porch for Halloween. He was parked at the corner for about 30 minutes.
October he yelled at me that he can get $1,300 for the house.
Now he's increasing the rent again to $1,600! I'm afraid his retailatio
The rent cannot be changed during the lease term. So maybe the term is up or you are on a month to month lease? There is simply not enough information here to assess the situation. The best thing to do is to take a copy of your lease to a landlord tenant lawyer for consultation. By the way, your landlord does not have to pick up your rent. It should state in the lease where it is to be paid.
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You have multiple strong defense. Speak with a Philadelphia landlord-tenant lawyer. If you were not provided a Certificate of Rental Suitability there may be an argument you owe nothing. If you have children then you may have a claim against landlord under the Philadelphia Lead Disclosure Law. Good luck.
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