My slumlord acted as if he changed the name of his business during my lease last year. Come to find out his realty business is registered with the state still as the old business name. Also, he switched office locations and about 3 different secretaries. I filed suit under the business name filed with the state. But since he does have a secretary now, doesn't answer the phone, return calls or isnt in the office the court cant serve him. I even went to court and tried to have a postal certification. Im out $900 and im pissed!! I moved out in August. Should I add another name oe would that be a waste of time. Im confused as to why he has to be there to be served since before i was sued and notice was left at my front door. HELP PLEASE. He is taking advantage of his tenants, and I dont want to be the next victim.
You could do a search and have him served by Constable or Process server depending upon the location. Or in Common Pleas court the sheriff does service.
For $900 frankly you will likely pay as much in legal fees as you stand to recover from the landlord.
I disagree. If you are found to be entitled to a refund of your security deposit by the Court and the landlord did not do so within 30 days (or provide an accounting thereof) AND you provided the landlord with your forwarding address, you may be entitled to double the amount of your security deposit. Additionally, there are many low cost or in some counties no cost assistance for tenants with such matters. If you are in Philadelphia Landlord Tenant Court and you advise the Court that you have not been able to serve the Defendant you may be able to get alternate service approved (certified mail). Stand up for your rights.
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