health department.helath dep of pittsburgh found 1 emergency class 2 violation,1 class 2 violation,11 class 3 and 21 class 4 violations!finally the landlord send his son in law out to fix one violation! all others he never fixed and its been 2 weeks ago.now i have got a letter from landlord with eviction notice.notice says i cant have a dog! lease agreement says no dogs but he allowed us the dog befor me moved in or even signed a lease.i can tell he want us out bec he dont want to fix the prob the health dep found.so now what can i do?im one month rent ahead bec the landlord wants it like this.i cant open a escrow account bec of beeing ahead.if i take him to court can i sue for recovery of rent?stress?and the lawyer and court fees i will have to pay first?
The short answer is MAYBE.
It depends on some facts you did not post.
You should talk to a PA landlord tenant attorney immediately--many offer free consultations. Use the avvo.com find a lawyer tab or call your county bar associaiton and request a referral.
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In general a violaton of a contract like a lease does not give rise to damages for emotional stress.
If he "evicts" you, and not just threatens but proceeds, that will mean evicting you by legal process in court. You can pitch your side of the story to the judge but in general, if you are behind in rent you will be evicted if it goes that far. In most places there is a short eviction hearing and then a follow up hearing on damages and sometimes neither side bothers with the second hearing. But the action is usually at the first.
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